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Soil & Water Stewardship Public Speaking Contest
The Soil & Water Stewardship Public Speaking Contest is open to high school ag science students interested in conservation. The contest is aimed at broadening students' interest and knowledge of conservation and how individuals must depend on and take care of the world around them for survival. The contest in run through the Texas FFA, with contests at the local, area and state level. Learn More...
Lesser Prairie Chicken Intiative
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together in an effort with agricultural producers to accelerate the development of conservation plans and adoption of conservation practices in the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) range. The Lesser Prairie Chicken is a grassland-nesting bird found in mixed grass, sand sage, and shinnery oak prairies of western Kansas, southeast Colorado, northwest Oklahoma, the northeastern Texas Panhandle, and the southwestern Texas South Plains, and eastern New Mexico. Due to the loss of native prairie, as well as, fragmented and degraded habitat, the Lesser Prairie Chicken has been listed as Threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn More...
Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans
Texas farmers and ranchers have a long history of voluntarily conserving the natural resources entrusted to them. Living off the land provides a great incentive to conserve and make the most of available resources. Today, Texas farmers and ranchers produce more food, fuel, and fiber than ever on a greatly reduced num-ber of acres using no more water than was used in the 1950s. In addition, wildlife management on working ranches has resulted in the conservation and recovery of a number of wildlife species. Learn More...
From the Era of the Dust Bowl to the Present: Commemorating 75 Years of Soil and Water Conservation
“May 29, 2014 marks the diamond jubilee of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the beginning of Texas soil and water conservation districts (SWCDS). The date is also the official kickoff date for many celebratory events around the state throughout the year commemorating the event,” said Rex Isom, executive director of the agency. View Entire Press Release...
Conservation Awards Program
Each year, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsor the Texas Conservation Awards Program to recognize and honor those who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of renewable natural resources.
The conservation awards program provides competition and incentives to expand and improve conservation efforts, resource development, and increase the wise utilization of renewable natural resources. As a result, soil and water conservation districts, and both rural and urban citizens of Texas are benefited. Learn More
SWCD Leadership Development Workshop
Each year the TSSWCB and the ATSWCB host a development workshop for new and current Soil and Water Conservation District Directors, Soil and Water Conservation District Employees, and the USDA-NRCS. This workshop helps with understanding policies, conservation programs, and many other tools to become a successful soil and water conservation district director and office.
There are over 200 conservation-related videos available. No rental fees are assessed to those wishing to borrow the videos from the library. Borrowing privileges are for a length of two weeks and must be returned upon date specified by the librarian. Learn More...
Conservation Education Models
The Nonpoint Source Pollution Watershed Flow Model and the Groundwater Flow Model allow students to understand how water supplies can become polluted from nonpoint sources through interactive demonstrations. Learn More...
Wildlife Alliance For Youth
The Wildlife Alliance for Youth (WAY) contests offer opportunities for 4-H and FFA students to display their knowledge of the outdoors, while offering scholarships to contest winners. It is a powerful way for students to become involved in conservation and obtain an appreciation for wildlife. Learn More...
Consent Form for Youth's participating in TSSWCB events (PDF, 55.92 KB)
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