EOT SWCD notes 60 years with open house June 14

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To celebrate 60 years of soil and water conservation work, the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) is having an open house Thursday, June 14 from 1-3 p.m. at its office located at 801 Jenny Ave. SW, Perham.  Food and refreshments will be provided. 
A lot can happen in 60 years.  Throughout the past six decades, the EOT SWCD has provided technical and financial assistance to landowners who want to put conservation on the ground.
The EOT SWCD was established in 1958 by local farmers with the help of the Agriculture Extension Service.  Area farmers had a vision to create an organization to help others with protecting the soil and water resources in East Otter Tail County while still being able to properly use the land. 
At the hearing to discuss the formation of the EOT SWCD Dec. 19, 1957 in New York Mills, Rev. Truthawny, Parkers Prairie, commented:  “I believe it (Soil Conservation District) would help the citizens of the area to maintain their moral responsibility. We all recognize that it is a criminal act to shorten the life of a person to hinder his usefulness in life, and I think we are beginning to see that it is a criminal act to shorten the life of our soil and natural resources for future generations.  I heartily endorse the organization of such a group.”
Today the EOT SWCD continues to provide technical and financial assistance through various federal, state and local programs that help landowners conserve agricultural land, forests, lakeshore, and water resources by working with private landowners, Otter Tail County, Federal and State Agencies, cities, and townships. 
Come help the EOT SWCD celebrate its accomplishments over the past 60 years Thursday, June 14 from 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 15:00

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