March 25, 2020

As COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, at work and at home, we want to let you know the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)—your professional society—is thinking of you and your families.

While we are modifying our own daily operations to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, our work continues—as it has for the last 75 years.

Here are some updates from SWCS:

Email us, we want to hear from you

While staff are working remotely, we will be actively checking our emails during office hours. Please find staff email addresses by clicking on individual profiles here, or email, and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Staff welcome outreach by email to schedule a call as well. Now more than ever is a great time to keep in contact.

Check out our new online platform for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

Be reminded that with online access to the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation you can read all articles published since 1981. Check out our brand new platform at to see current issue highlights as well as to view publish online ahead of print articles (coming in April!). If you would like to add or switch your Journal access to online, please email

Let’s take our community and this anniversary celebration online…

Our 75th Anniversary is still happening this year. Even prior to current events, the Internet has redefined community, expanding our ability to connect with others, share our stories, and promote our cause. In honor of SWCS’s 75th Anniversary, we are asking conservation professionals to take to the web and increase our reach. Find ways to celebrate the 75th Anniversary online at here and at Watch for additional online engagement opportunities and virtual pop up events from SWCS on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

…but let’s not cancel all the party plans just yet

Providing a safe environment for our conference attendees is our top priority. We’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are hopeful health risks will subside by the 75th SWCS International Annual Conference, July 26-29, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. We understand that making commitments to attend future events at this time is an extremely difficult decision, and we want to provide flexibility to potential attendees.

  • We will be moving forward with conference registration on May 1, 2020.
  • SWCS will relay a final decision on the conference no later than June 19, 2020, to all registrants and potential registrants.
  • If the decision announced on June 19, 2020, is to cancel the conference, all registrants will receive a full refund. No processing or late fees will be charged.
  • If the decision announced on June 19, 2020, is to hold the conference, registrants will have until close of business on July 15, 2020, to cancel. A full registration refund will be issued. No processing or late fees will be charged.
  • Due to contract commitments made to service providers, we are not able to offer refunds after July 15, 2020, at this time. SWCS continues to explore opportunities with service providers to offer additional flexibilities and provide updates as they become available.

We hope this provides some confidence and flexibility in making plans to attend this year’s event. In the meantime, we will be busily planning for your arrival and working with health officials to follow all established protocols and procedures.

Your patience with us is greatly appreciated

At SWCS, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide quick, high quality service. SWCS publications will continue to be available for order through the SWCS website, many at a 75% discount to celebrate 75 years of conservation publishing. However, while staff work remotely, shipments will be delayed by up to four weeks. E-books, including free e-books, will continue to be instantly downloadable upon order. Payments made online for new memberships and renewals will be processed immediately. If payments are sent by mail, processing will be delayed up to four weeks. Also note that all new membership packets will be delayed for up to four weeks. Please contact with questions or concerns related to publication orders or membership.

In closing

The current situation has caused us all a great deal of stress and concern. We encourage you to remember that our community of conservationists has been going strong for 75 years and has overcome much adversity during that time. SWCS, our members, supporters, partners and friends have proved to be resilient, and together our resiliency is magnified. Please reach out to us and lean on your professional society during this time of uncertainty. If you can be certain of one thing, it is that we are in this with you and for the long haul. Cheers to another 75 years.

- SWCS Staff and Board

Supporting our neighbors and SWCS

The needs of our neighbors and community are of the utmost priority at this time. Here is a helpful article on ways to give during this time,

As SWCS’s work to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation continues, so does our need for support. Visit to make a donation to SWCS.


For More Information:

Clare Lindahl, CEO
Soil and Water Conservation Society

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