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!

 

FSWCD is now accepting applications for a Natural Resources Education Assistant! Click here for details.

 

Board seat election results are in!

Randolf Scharfenberg     Seat E    Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31. 2018

Todd Boyce     Seat D    January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018

 

Celebrate Arbor Day in Alaska!

The Alaska Community Forest Council wants to help you celebrate with small grants to host an Arbor Day celebration.  Grants from $100-500 are solicited to plant a tree for Arbor Day, or do other activities that promote Arbor Day in Alaska highlighting the 50th anniversary. These grants are distributed by the Alaska Community Forest Council with a grant from the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Community Forestry Program, and funding from the US Forest Service.

For more info, go to: http://www.forestry.org/alaska/arborday2015/

 

Click on the "Research" tab for an update on the SARE Hay Field Renovation Demonstration Project!

 

FSWCD will be applying for a state recreational trail grant for Beaver Springs. Please click here to see the project area map. 

FSWCD will also be applying for a state recreational trail grant for Anaktuvuk Pass. Click here for the application with map. 

 

Want to find out what 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.

 

Free Soil Testing for lawns next to the Chena River or its sloughs and tributaries. We will give you recommendations for fertilizer and lime based on the soil analysis. To participate, call 479-1213 x107.

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.

FSWCD Goals

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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