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News and Information

Current news and information on conservation subjects as well as links to planning information.   See also the Tree Information, Soil Health, Pollinators and Landscapes, and Other Links pages.

Current News and Events

Foster County SCD 2024 Plan-of-Work



Information on Watering Trees

Foster County SCD 2023 Annual Report

NDSU Extension Field to Fork Webinar Series

Sessions each Wednesday at 2 PM Central Time, Feb. 21- May 1, 2024.  Link above goes to registration page.

NDSU Extension Spring Fever Garden Forums  

Monday evenings at 6:30 PM, March 25-April 15, 2024.  Can be watched from home or at the Carrington City Library.  Link above goes to registration page.  Information from previous years and sessions is still available at the linked site as well.

Current News/Events

High Winds and Dry Weather Led to Soil Erosion Event

The dust storm on March 29-30, 2021 left drifted soil in ditches all around the area.  Foster County SCD found numerous sites with a foot or more of lost topsoil accumulated.  No-till has decreased vulnerability to wind erosion, but soybean fields including no-till sites were especially prone to blowing.  Shelterbelts are still needed, along with live roots in the soil wherever possible.  Consider planting cover crops or winter annuals.

Photos show a few of the sites in Foster County with dirt drifts 12-15" deep.

For more information, see the video "The History of Soil Erosion in North Dakota" on YouTube.

Bucket dug into soil erosion deposit
Yardstick 12 inches into soil erosion deposit
Yardstick 15 inches into soil erosion deposit
Soil Erosion Events
Conservation Planning Resources

Dakota Legacy Initiative

Website by a partnership of North Dakota conservation organizations and agencies that provides information and helps users find programs that will assist with their desired conservation goals.  

Web Soil Survey

A good resource for finding out the soil type information for any given piece of land, useful as a planning tool    



The ND Agricultural Weather Network   


The online Field Office Technical Guide has primary scientific references for NRCS and contains technical information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources.  Searchable by state and county.  Includes specifications for installation of conservation practices.

PLANTS Database

Online database of plants of the United States   


Foster County Conservation Services Vendor List

Cons. Planning Resources
Other Local Information

Plantskydd Product Flyers (For purchasing information, go to Products page)

      Fall Tree and Garden Use                                Agricultural Use 


Video of Weed Barrier Fabric Maintenance 


Video of Weed Barrier Fabric Removal Attachment in Use (See Rental page for skidsteer attachment and rates)

Birding Drives Dakota

Hosts the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival out of Carrington, ND.  See for Birding Drives maps.

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

Located just south of Foster County

Foster County SCD 2022 Annual Report

Foster County SCD 2021 Annual Report

Foster County SCD 2020 Annual Report

Local Information

Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistications and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a 6-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.  --Anonymous

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