Supporting Conservation by Providing Resources and Knowledge

Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District promotes sustainable land development and works with private landowners to address their natural resource concerns.  By partnering with local, state and federal organizations, the FSWCD provides education and technical assistance to private landowners with issues related to soil, agriculture, water, invasive species, forestry, land development, and other related natural resource issues.  Please contact your local legislators to encourage them to support soil & water districts statewide!


Elodea Success Story: Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Refuge Notebook: Elodea gone from the Kenai Peninsula?


KUAC Report:

Herbicide Targets Elodea


The Spring 2016 FSWCD Newsletter has just come out! Click here to view it.


Congratulations to our own Dr. Aditi Shenoy, invasive weed specialist, who officially received her doctorate on May 8th at the UAF graduation!


Congrats to Mel Sikes, our education specialist, who received the Fairbanks Education Association Friend of Education Award on Friday, May 6th.


State of Alaska Land Use Permit for Elodea Project


The public commenting period on the Pesticide Use Permit is currently open, and comments must be submitted by 4pm on June 2nd, 2016. 

You may access the Pesticide Use Permit application on the DEC website or follow the link below

Subject to AS 38.05.850, the Northern Regional Land Office is considering the issuance of a Land Use Permit (LAS 30823) to the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD). Click here to view the public notice.


Mel Sikes gave a presentation on Simple Hydroponics at the Alaska Forum on the Environment on February 9th. For a PDF of the presentation click here


Want to find out some of the things Fairbanks Soil & Water has been up to? Check out this overview report, Alaska's Best Investment- Soil, Water, and Future Generations! and this brief on Schoolyard Habitat Projects.

FSWCD on-going research

Interior Alaska Hay Field Renovation study:

This project will test the effectiveness of four different treatments to improve soil health and hay production on overly compacted, low production hay fields in Interior Alaska. The treatments include:
(1) using an overseeder to seed brome, (2) using an overseeder to seed tillage radishes, (3) overseeding tillage radishes in two consecutive summers, (4) broadcast seeding radishes, and (5) control plots. Tillage radishes are valued for their ability to break up compaction, improve nutrient availability, and improve water infiltration rates.

The project was begun in 2014 and will continue through December 2017. During the summer of 2014, the unusually rainy weather made it impossible to put in the plot treatments. This last summer of 2015 saw year 1 of the treatments being applied. Preliminary observations are that the radishes overseeded into brome hay tend to be outcompeted by the grass and remain very small (up to 6 inches in height). The treatments where the brome hay is sprayed out using Cornerstone and then radishes were broadcast seeded show much better radish growth! Radishes reached about 5 feet in height and had large roots, perfect for breaking up compacted soils. 

Click here for the research poster.

For more information, contact Jessica at 479-1213 x108.


FSWCD Past Research

Agricultural Trials and Demonstration Projects:
From 2010-2011, FSWCD conducted a Forage Renovation Demonstration investigating the benefits of aeration and urease inhibitor use on hay fields in interior Alaska. To view the brochure, click here. We plan to conduct more agricultural demonstrations in the future as funding allows.

FSWCD Youth Crew Research Assistance

FSWCD Youth Habitat Corps in partnership with the USFWS assisted the University of Alaska, University of Miami in Ohio, and the USFWS with several research projects including a boreal owl study, invasive weeds "brown down" and Chinook Salmon reproduction in the Chena River.


Our Annual Report for fiscal year '12-'13 is now available to be viewed by clicking here. This document summarizes the work we have done for each FSWCD goal, including:

1. Prevention and Eradication of Noxious & Invasive Species,
2. Conservation of Plant and Soil Resources,
3. Sustainable Agricultural Resources & Economy,
4. Conservation/Maintenance of Water Resources,
5. Conservation of Forest Resources,
6. Education, and
7. Promotion of Affordable Energy

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News and Events

​Calendar of Events
Now available online! Click here to see the latest meetings and events!

Green Infrastructure Information

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