Governor Christie has issued a Proclamation declaring the week of April 24 through May 1 as Soil and Water Conservation Week.in the State of New Jersey Please take some small steps in your homes and households to maintain healthy soil and clean water.
The Sussex County Soil Conservation District (SCSCD) is one of 15 Soil Conservation Districts established within the State of New Jersey. Soil Conservation Districts are considered a special purpose unit of state government. There are over 3000 Conservation Districts nationwide. The function of conservation districts are to take available technical, financial and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that the need the needs of the local land user for conservation of the soil, water and related resources.
The jurisdictional area of the SCSCD is Sussex County. The SCSCD is considered the local component of the NJ Conservation Partnership which consists of local state and federal agencies. The Mission of the NJ Conservation Partnership is to provide leadership in the planning and implementation of natural resource management programs for the agricultural and development communities and the general public through a locally based delivery system in coordination with local state and federal partners.
For more information on the roles and activities of NJ SCDs click here.
2015- The International Year of the Soil
2015 has been designated as the International year of the Soil. The designation is part of an international effort to encourage soil health initiatives. For information on soils click on the link below:
2015 Soil Health Initiative (this file is large, it may take a few minutes to display)
SUPERVISORS SALUTE FRED HOUGH
Fred Hough, a retired daily farmer of Wantage NJ, has served as a volunteer member of the SCSCD Board of Supervisors for the past 45 years. Fred has held that post of Supervisor longer than any other Supervisor in the history of the District. The Board of Supervisors recently held a luncheon in Fred’s honor at that Boathouse Restaurant on Swartswood Lake. Pictured below is Fred receiving an award from Dan Mull, District Conservationist for the US, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hackettstown Service Center and Barbara Rosko, SCSCD Chairwoman.