The Soil & Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is an international, nonprofit, multidisciplinary
organization for anyone interested in natural resource management and conservation. Its mission is to advocate the protection, enhancement, and wise use of soil, water, and related natural resources to achieve sustainability.
Our members represent corporations, universities, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, government
agencies, and special interest groups - a diversity that promotes balance and credibility.
The SWCS members are dedicated, informed, and effective conservation leaders. Soil and Water
Conservation Society publications and education programs enhance knowledge by generating and sharing information about natural resources. The multi-disciplinary membership blends science and art to create and
convey vital conservation information to others.
The SWCS is a sought-after source of knowledge and objective information by researchers,
practitioners, policy makers, and analysts. Our international, national, and local models of interdisciplinary examination and action identify new and effective answers to complex conservation issues. The
Society anticipates emerging policy issues and is prepared to meet the changing needs of members. Milestones in conservation policy and practice reflect SWCS' continuing contribution and leadership as an
advocate for soil and water conservation.
The Inland Empire Chapter was proud to host the 2003 International SWCS Annual Conference in Spokane, WA
Conserving the Legacy of Life
The conference focused on four key topics of
concern for professionals working to conserve natural resources locally and
- Integrated Watershed and
- Water Supplies for
Ecology and Economy
- Grassland Health for
Sustainable Production and Biological Diversity
- Air Quality for Public
Health and Economic Vitality
The Future is Ours to Protect
out our latest flyer advertising for our fall chapter meeting on October 5th in
Vern McMasters, our Inland Empire Chapter South Idaho Panhandle
director, has put together and informative program.
The day will start with a short Chapter business meeting
beginning at 9:30am. The morning technical discussion will be led by Paul
Brusven, the Nez Perce Tribes Bio-control Center Coordinator. His focus will be
on the Tribe’s work with bio-control agents (insects) that attack noxious and
His morning presentation and afternoon field tour will be filled with
tips on how best to use bio-control agents as an alternative to chemicals in
your conservation planning. The discussion will feed your strong conservation ethic and increase your
professional knowledge base.
I hope you make room on your calendars to attend this
information meeting. While your at it, invite your co-workers or other who you
think might be interested in learning more about how bio-control agents are a
viable option in fighting those pesky weeds!
Till next time,
SWCS Inland Empire Chapter President
West Region Representative SWCS Professional Development Committee
Points of Interest:
With great sadness the chapter would like to make you aware of the passing of
two of our SWCS members.
Esther Patterson, Ellensburg, WA, passed this past May. Esther was
lifetime SCSA/SWCS member and a charter Inland Empire chapter member, treasurer
and historian. She brought over 65 years of service to both the Soil Conservation Service
and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Dean White, Sagle, ID passed away September1, 2012. Dean was a chapter
member and an SCS/NRCS career employee before he retired in the early 2000's. He
then went on to do charity work for many local organizations in the area.
They will both be greatly missed as they both were passionate about
conservation and were a big part of our chapter history.
On a more pleasant note, there are couple of our other members who are making
some changes in their lives.
Vern McMaster, our South ID Panhandle Director, will be retiring from
his Soil Conservationist duties in Nezperce, ID the end of October. He hopes to
still be able to participate in IE Chapter activities.
Steve Durgin, a very active and supportive member of the chapter has
accepted a position as the NRCS National Design Engineer on the Conservation
Engineering Division staff in Washington DC. He reports to duty on Nov. 5. He
too plans to maintain his IE chapter membership with the vision to return to the
area in the future.
As you read through this site, see how
you can engage yourself in the chapters activities. Then challenge yourself to
invite a colleague or friend to join us. Membership is
a critical key to the success of any organization. The future of the Inland Empire chapter is
also OURS to