The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 27, 2013

Stewardship Week marks anniversary

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — For 76 years, the state’s network of conservation districts has helped Oklahomans learn to conserve natural resources.

Conservation practices in the United States have helped achieve a historic standard of living and protect us from the recurrence of disasters like the Dust Bowl. Despite recurrences of drought and other extreme weather events, Oklahomans today enjoy a wide variety of fresh, healthy food and drinking water.  

This year Stewardship Week in Oklahoma, April 28 through May 5, celebrates the 76th anniversary of the Conservation District Enabling Act. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent copies of the federal act to all state governors in February 1937 as a model law and encouraged adoption.

Stewardship Week provides a time to recognize the efforts of farmers and ranchers to protect and conservation the state’s natural resources, working with local conservation districts under the support of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) oversees the national program. Since 1955 NACD and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) have sponsored the Stewardship Week program. This year Chesapeake Energy has partnered with OACD to sponsor some activities, including production of public service announcements by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.