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Our Mission:

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.

Our Vision:

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.


Key Milestones

 2003 SWCS International Conference Logo

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 globally:

  • Integrated Watershed and Basin Management
  • Water Supplies for Ecology and Economy
  • Grassland Health for Sustainable Production and Biological Diversity
  • Air Quality for Public Health and Economic Vitality

President's Note:

The Future is Ours to Protect

Greetings all,

Announcement of Fall Chapter meeting. Links to flyer.Check out our latest flyer advertising for our fall chapter meeting on October 5th in Lewiston, ID.

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 invasive weeds.

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,

Shelly Lassiter

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 protect.

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