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The Spartanburg SWCD's mission is to promote the wise and responsible use of our natural resources through education, demonstration, and technical services for the benefit of all citizens of Spartanburg County.

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2017 Envirothon Winners

World Soil Day

2017 Envirothon Winners

This year, there were fifteen teams from across the state that participated in the Envitothon. Spartanburg High School Team A took first place with the top combined score. Each student on this team will receive a $500 college scholarship. Spartanburg Day School Team took second place, with these students receiving $250 college scholarships. Spartanburg High School Team B took third place and received $125 college scholarships.

Congratulations to the Spartanburg County teams and their Coaches, Bonnie Webster and Rob Wilder.

The mission of the Envirothon is to advance environmental awareness for high school students, assess their knowledge of natural resource management issues, and to promote a life-long commitment to environmental stewardship.

Students are given college-level exams in aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife and invasive species, as well as provide an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges centered on a current environmental issue during the competition. The topic for 2017 was “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”

 

 

Our First Place Winners are Spartanburg High School Team A

The mission of the Envirothon is to advance environmental awareness for high school students, assess their knowledge of natural resource management issues, and to promote a life-long commitment to environmental stewardship.

Students are given college-level exams in aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife and invasive species, as well as provide an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges centered on a current environmental issue during the competition. The topic for 2017 was “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”

 

 

 

Our Second Place Winners are from Spartanburg Day School

Our Third Place Winners are Spartanburg High School Team B

NACD Joins International Year of Soils Celebration as FAO Issues Report in Conjuction with World Soil Day

As World Soil Day was observed last week, NACD joined with partner organizations at an event at the US Department of Agriculture to celebrate a successful International Year of Soils. Speakers at the event included Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller, South Carolina Farmer and NACD Soil Health Champion Carl Coleman, and Ajay Markanday, Director of the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office for North America. The speakers mentioned the success of the International Year of Soils in raising awareness of the importance of soil to agriculture, the environment, and society. Many conservation and soil health leaders were in attendance.

The day after this celebration, the FAO released a report, The Status of the World's Soil Resources. The report highlights some of the greatest threats to soils, including erosion, lack of nutrients, salt accumulation, and soil acidity. It also discusses ways to promote soil health, including education, minimizing soil degradation in areas where people are most vulnerable, stabilizing soil organic matter stores. and investing in research and development. Click here for an article from FAO on the report.

 

For more information on the International Year of Soils, including posts about the themed months of the year, visit the NACD Blog.

 

(Photo Top): NACD CEO Jeremy Peters with producer and soil health leader Carl Coleman

(Photo Bottom): NRCS Chief Jason Weller speaks on the International Year of Soils

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Ronnie Bullard, Vice-chairman

Jack Turner, Sec./Treas.

Nigel Cox

Sandra Kay Eubanks

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Bonnie Wines, District Coordinator

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Matt Barrington,

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