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The History of USDA's Role In Conservation on Private Lands

Tom Christensen, recently retired USDA Deputy Director of Operations, presented four new publications he has compiled on the history of USDA's role in conservation on private lands.
Tom Christensen, recently retired USDA Deputy Director of Operations, presented 4 new publications he has compiled on the history of USDA's role in conservation on private lands.   The Four PDFS are on the main page of Nebraska's NRCS's website just above the About Nebraska NRCS heading. Find pdfs here.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Role in America's Private Lands Conservation Movement - Chronology of Key Developments – 1933 Through 2019. 
USD's role in furthering the private lands conservation movement that grew out of the Dust Bowl and the economic crisis of the 1930s.  Considerable information from the early decades, often specific to the Soil Erosion Service (SES) and Soil Conservation Service (SCS).
 
Soil Conservation Districts: Perspectives on Their Success.  This is a 2-page poster type document written by HH Bennett in 1946 when he established the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and his work with President Roosevelt to create Conservation Districts across America.
 
The USDA's Role in Voluntary Conservation on Private Lands Conservation Planning Chronology.  Chronology of key developments in America's private lands conservation movement as directly related to, or relevant to, conservation planning and its evolution, including areawide conservation planning.
 
Voluntary Conservation on Private Lands Core Concepts Linked to Historical Quotes and References.  Tom Christensen's personal perspectives on key concepts related to conservation and describes it as the “wise use and management” of natural resources, different and distinct from protection and preservation.  Within a landscape or watershed, or on a farm/ranch, conservation, protection, and preservation can each play important and complementary roles.

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