The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the development and application of science-based policies and practices for managing soil, water, and related natural resources in order to achieve sustainability. As a multidisciplinary professional association, SWCS promotes, through education and example, an ethic that recognizes the interdependence of people and the environment.
The Firman E. Bear Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (www.swcs.org) is the New Jersey Chapter of this International Professional Organization. Members of the chapter must be members of the National Organization. Chapter meetings are usually held twice a year with at least one meeting consisting of a tour and/or guest speaker. The chapter offers an annual Scholarship and an Ecological Excellence Award in partnership with Pineland's Nursery. A newsletter is published two times per year. The Chapter is run by an executive council who meet bi-monthly. Who is Firman E. Bear?
SWCS Firman E. Bear Chapter Spring 2021 Meeting
Friday, April 9, 2021 Noon to 1 pm
Virtual - free to all. send email to register in order to receive the zoom invitation.
Join us for a chapter update and featured presentation on Friday at noon. Dr. Stephen Souza with Clean Water Consulting, LLC., will be speaking to us about “The Environmental and Societal Benefits of Riparian Buffers.” He will describe riparian buffers and restoration strategies providing examples from projects he has worked on in New Jersey. We hope to arrange site visits to some of the project sites Dr. Souza will be discussing for our Chapter meeting this summer.
Chapter Members receive the Chapter Newsletter twice each year via email or postal mail if no email is available.
Scholarships & Awards
Congratulations Danielle Dyson, our 2021 Scholarship winner!
A message from Danielle - First off, I wanted to thank the NJSWCS for believing in me enough to help finance my education. I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree, and hopefully headed to graduate school for my PhD. Because of this, the generous help of the Firman E. Bear Scholarship has helped to alleviate financial pressures, especially in the face of COVID. It is through the kind generosity of organizations like this who have believed in my and my future that I have been able to finish my education.
The Firman E. Bear Chapter offers a $1,000 scholarship to full-time students in good standing at any New Jersey accredited college, or a resident of New Jersey attending any accredited out-of-state college; Students must also have successfully completed, or will complete by the award date, at least two semesters of study; and be an undergraduate enrolled in a curriculum related to natural resources including but not limited to: agriculture, agronomy, conservation, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, geography, journalism, plant science, soil science, and/or wildlife. Other areas related to conservation may also qualify.
Application Deadline is April 30, 2022
Click here to download the $1,000 Edward R. Hall/Robert R. Hanna Scholarship Application.
Please contact Christine Hall (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the Scholarship Application.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is recognized and respected as an effective advocate for the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
Officers (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021)
President: Trish Long
President Elect: Nancy Paolini
Past President: Nancy Paolini
Secretary: Clare Liptak
Treasurer: Michelle Pedano
Council Person 3rd year:
Council Person 2nd year:
Council Person 1st year:
Because of the pandemic our chapter did not hold elections this year but have carried over the 2020 officers and council. Any member interested in working on chapter activities can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter: Barbara Phillips
Scholarship: Christine Hall
Webmaster: Nancy Paolini
This page last updated March 2, 2022
Firman E. Bear Chapter, SWCS
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Somerset, NJ 08873