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Are You Better Than Average at Conservation?

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Tom is a passionate entrepreneur and precision conservation thought leader with over 30 years of experience in conservation planning. Through his work at Agren, he is able to marry his love of the environment with his passion for pioneering innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. Prior to founding Agren in 1996, he spent 14 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, first as a Soil Conservationist and later as a District Conservationist. Tom has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1982 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1995, both from Iowa State University.

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  1. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    I am a better than average conservationist CITY dweller! When I heard we were to face taxation per square foot of impermeable surfaces on our properties I said they probably should be paying ME! lol I bought a property 20 years ago that had degraded sloping frontage(previous owners kids had quad-runners) a quarter acre of oak trees sloping(35 degree) toward a large ditch and the next lower neighbor has a ditch too. The summer I bought the place the red dirt from our tree roots washed away with each rain and it literally filled my lower neighbor’s 60 ft ditch 2 ft deep and appr 4 ft wide with MY soil. The neighbor above me has a 1000 sq ft impermeable sloping(toward us) concrete parking pad. I immediately planted the dreaded monkey grass at the fence line between us (slowing the flow there) ) and developed four berms of branches, leaves and woodchips perpendicular to water flow. I brought in 3 truckloads of dirt and terraced my own hill bottom and ditch to create level areas planted with trees and flowering bushes. Each yard berm has at least one oak tree and assorted flowering bushes. For 20+ years I have raked leaves to cover branches arranged on the berms and covered it all with free wood chips from tree trimmers. It looks neat AND helps break it all down.

    This year I am considering planting some type of forage mix to develop the mycelia in the deep sponge soil that now covers the front yard which I will then scythe and use as mulch in my veggie garden. Hardly a drop of water leaves my yard! If you think I can do better or have an idea of what mix to plant please reply… Take me down a notch if you think I can do better! 🙂

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