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Near Coon Valley in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nation's First Watershed Project

 
 
Nation's First Watershed Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
1. Nation's First Watershed Project Marker
Inscription. This point is near the center of the 90,000 acre Coon Creek Watershed, the nation's first large-scale demonstration of soil and water conservation. The area was selected for this purpose by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (then Soil Erosion Service) in October 1933. Technicians of the S.C.S. and the University of Wisconsin pooled their knowledge with experiences of local farm leaders to establish a pattern of land use now prevalent throughout the midwest. Planned practices in effect include improvement of woodlands, wildlife habitat and pastures, better rotations and fertilization, strip cropping, terracing, and gully and stream bank erosion control. The outcome is a tribute to the wisdom, courage and foresight of the farm families who adopted the modern methods of conservation farming illustrated here.

Erected 1955

 
Erected 1955 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 42.109′ N, 91° 2.039′ W. Marker is near Coon Valley, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is on U.S. 14/61 0.1 miles west of
Nation's First Watershed Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 19, 2010
2. Nation's First Watershed Project Marker
Brye Lane, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Coon Valley WI 54623, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German Methodist Episcopal Churches (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Coulee Region (approx. 7.4 miles away); Governor Rusk (approx. 11.5 miles away); Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel (approx. 11.6 miles away); First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship (approx. 11.7 miles away); History of Flagpole (approx. 11.7 miles away); Lucy Stone (approx. 12.2 miles away); Viroqua's First Settler (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin's Watersheds. (Submitted on July 20, 2010.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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