January 1, 2020

(Ankeny, Iowa – January 1, 2020) This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), the premier international organization for professionals who practice and advance the science and art of natural resource conservation. Over the next twelve months, the Society’s leaders, membership, and partners will commemorate breakthroughs and achievements in conservation science, practice, and policy as well as plan for the future of land and water management.

SWCS was founded in the mid-1940s by Hugh Hammond Bennett and a small group of visionary conservationists with the goal of advancing the science and art of good land and water use. The Society has seen many changes over the decades, yet the mission remains the same. Today, the organization’s members—individuals in every state and around the world—continue to work collectively to identify important soil and water conservation issues, to discuss and debate those issues, and to initiate actions for addressing them effectively.

In celebrating 75 years of conservation successes and challenges, the Society will provide additional opportunities to recognize the work of conservation professionals, to connect with the broader science and agriculture communities, and to inspire thoughtful dialogue around the future of conservation. Activities will culminate during the 75th SWCS International Annual Conference, which will be held July 26-29, in Des Moines, Iowa.

In her address to membership, SWCS CEO Clare Lindahl said, “Hundreds of thousands of conservationists have made their mark on the industry and the Society. I look forward to giving thousands of existing and new members the opportunity to grow professionally and personally, and make their mark on soil and water conservation in the future.”

To join in the celebration and follow the Society’s special activities throughout 2020, visit swcs.org/75 and follow #SWCS75 on social media.

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About the Soil and Water Conservation Society

For seventy-five years, the Soil and Water Conservation Society has been the premier international organization for professionals who practice and advance the science and art of natural resource conservation. We believe sustainable land and water management is essential to the continued security of the earth and its people. Our goal is to cultivate an organization of informed, dynamic individuals whose contributions create a bright future for agriculture, the environment, and society. The Soil and Water Conservation Society is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa with chapters across the United States and Canada.

For More Information:

Clare Lindahl, CEO
Soil and Water Conservation Society
clare.lindahl@swcs.org
515-289-2331 ext. 113

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