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Ecological or environmental stewardship addresses the ways in which humans use the land and natural resources to work with local ecology and natural systems in meeting the food and fiber needs of populations. The goals of environmental stewardship are to preserve natural systems, take from them no more than is given back and, when possible, improve soil, water, and air qualities through their use. LESSON works with these organizations to understand the ecology of the Delmarva Peninsula and the Chesapeake Bay watershed and to educate the community about the integral relationship between agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.


USDA Announces More than $22 Million in Conservation Innovation

June 8, 2017 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the agency will award more than $22.6 million to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. The agency is investing in 33 projects nationwide through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which helps develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Public and private grantees - including non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribes, academic institutions and local government entities - will leverage the federal investment by at least matching it. Read more @:

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