A lot can happen in 60 years. Throughout those years, the ability of the local conservation district to provide the technical and financial assistance needed to put conservation on the ground has remained constant.

To celebrate these 60 years, the Wadena SWCD is having an open house on Thursday, May 24 from 1-3 p.m. at the 4H Building on the Wadena County Fairgrounds. Refreshments will be provided, including a short program on our past 60 years of work with lots of historical photos throughout the years.

The Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, or SWCD, was organized on May 26, 1958 by local farmers with the help of the Agriculture Extension Service to achieve and maintain the highest quality and quantity of natural resources possible. Those farmers had a vision to create an organization to help others with protecting the soil and water resources in Wadena County while still being able to properly use the land.

Today the Wadena SWCD has many programs that help landowners conserve agricultural land, forests, and water resources by working with private landowners, Wadena County, cities and townships.

The SWCD also provides an annual educational event called "Conservation Days" to area 5th-6th graders, offering those students the opportunity to learn about natural resources and local history in an outdoor classroom.

Come visit us at the 4H Building May 24 from 1-3 p.m.