The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship Week is one of the largest national programs to promote natural resource conservation. Celebrated annually since 1955 between the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May, the NACD Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibilities to care for natural resources.
The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) is a member of the NACD and partners with them in celebrating Stewardship Week. This year we celebrate from April 25 – May 2, focusing on the theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.” The LENRD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens across all or parts of the district’s 15-counties, working together to protect our natural resources for future.
“Educating the public about the importance of our connection to our natural resources in our daily lives is an essential part of what conservation districts advocate for in their communities,” said NACD President Michael Crowder. “Trees and forests are critical to providing clean air and water, healthy soil, shade, abundant wildlife habitat, jobs and valuable products we use every day.”
The LENRD can assist you in learning more about trees and the species native to your area. The LENRD can also provide insight on tree planting, care, and maintenance as well as information on how to protect trees from invasive species.
“Local conservation districts have a long-standing history of working with state and private forest owners in helping promote and safeguard our nation’s forested lands,” Crowder said.
Free, downloadable Stewardship Week resources celebrating the theme “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities” are available on NACD’s website at https://www.nacdnet.org/store/.
For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation practices, contact the LENRD office in Norfolk at 402-371-7313 or www.lenrd.org.