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Winnebago County SWCD looking for board candidates

November 3, 2010

From press release

The Winnebago County Soil and water Conservation district (SWCD) is currently looking for candidates to serve as District Board members. Concerned citizens in Winnebago County can help conserve natural resources by serving on the District Board.

Board members are responsible in establishing soil and water conservation policy for the district, assessing resource needs, and developing strategies to address these needs. The district provides land users with technical assistance, develops programs to address local natural resource problems, and provides quality conservation education to children and adults.

Some of the major issues at this time include: land use changes and urban encroachment, conservation programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Conservation Security Program (CSP), Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), carbon sequestration program, and the state Cost-share Practice Program (CPP). Other concerns include residue management and nutrient management, erosion from both crop land and construction sites, education about natural resources and their importance, and improving water quality throughout the Rock River Valley.

If elected, board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings, which are currently held on the last Tuesday of every month. They are responsible for developing district policies and programs and provide guidance on program implementation. They are expected to participate in district programs and activities, and promote them in the community.

Board members are elected to a two-year term. The election of directors will take place Jan. 28, 2011, at the annual meeting, with the term starting in March. If these issues and programs interest you, and you would like to consider running as a director candidate, contact the current directors or the district office at (815) 965-2392, ext. 3. If you are not interested in becoming a director but would still like to be involved, there are also “associate” directors who come to meetings regularly and offer input and guidance.

From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue

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