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The Soil and Water Conservation Society (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. SWCS has over 3,000 members around the world. They include researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Our members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions.
SWCS chapters throughout the United States and Canada conduct a variety of activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. These chapters represent the grassroots element of the organization. Their grassroots work creates training and professional development opportunities for conservationists, takes on critical conservation issues at the local level, and educates local policymakers and opinion leaders regarding conservation problems and opportunities in their communities. Each chapter elects its own officers, organizes conservation forums, and formulates local recommendations on land and water conservation issues.
We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education, and advocacy. Our ongoing activities and special projects are designed to:
- Improve the practice of conservation by fostering the development of state-of-the-art conservation practices and systems.
- Improve conservation policy by bringing science and professional judgment to bear in shaping local, state, provincial, and federal policy.
- Enhance the capabilities of conservationists through training and professional development.
- Sustain the ethic and spirit of professionalism among conservationists through networking and mutual support.
Each board member serves two-year terms
President – Cathy McGuire
Secretary – Kelly Wolff-Krauter
Treasurer – Gary Wendt
Past President – Kris Johnson
Scholarship Chair – Claire Wendt, Co-Chair – Phil Heilman
Membership Chair – Kris Johnson, Co-Chair – Kelly Wolff-Krauter
Education Chair – Linda Diamantides, Co-Chair – Greg Anderson
Legislative Chair – Cathy McGuire
Communications Chair – Valentino Reyes