The Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Board of Directors has named the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Soil & Water Conservation Program as the 2017 recipient of the Society’s Merit Award. The Society’s Merit Award is given in recognition of an outstanding activity, product, or service by a group, business firm, corporation, or organization that promotes the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. The SWCS is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization -- founded in 1943 -- that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy.
The SWCS 72nd International Annual Conference will take place July 30 – August 2, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin. The Society’s Merit Award will be presented at the 2017 awards luncheon being held on Tuesday, August 1 at noon during the annual conference. Bill Wilson will be attending the conference and will be accepting the award for the department.
This year’s conference theme, Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability, focuses on an important trait that sets the SWCS annual conference apart from others: the number of disciplines who come together to share information, network, and form connections to forge best practices in soil and water conservation. The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussions that are essential to the success of conservation, a field that depends upon understanding relationships and interconnectedness. Whether in a technical, regulatory, research, outreach, or volunteer organization capacity, efforts can be multiplied when we connect and work together. This year’s conference will celebrate these points of interaction and seek to identify opportunities for continued collaboration and partnership.