The Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District will observe its annual Stewardship Week celebration April 25, May 2. This marks the 55th year of the national event. The 2010 Stewardship Week is themed “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats,” encouraging citizens, schools and communities to develop and maintain habitat areas using good conservation practices.

Denise Blanchette acts as the conservation education/outreach coordinator for the WCSWCD and is currently spending much of her time visiting local grade schools and talking with students on the importance of conserving, caring for and protecting the natural resources in Waldo County. In addition she is organizing a conservation fair for grade school students, which will be held in May and cosponsored and hosted by the Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Lincolnville.

“Being good stewards of our natural resources at home and in our communities is an important task for each citizen. When we think about protecting and managing our natural resources, we can provide healthy habitats for the ecosystems on our planet,” said District Chair Paul Gallione. “Each of us can make a difference by developing habitat areas in our own backyards, our schools or in our communities.”

The WCSWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (nacdnet.org), which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the WCSWCD at 338-1964, ext. 3, or on the Web at waldosoilandwater.org. Additional information about Stewardship Week is available on the NACD Web site at nacdnet.org.