Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) dedicated his life to protecting our nation’s lands. Bennett was first Chief of the Soil Conservation Service from 1935 until 1951. In the midst of the Dust Bowl, Bennett enlisted science and Civilian Conservation Corps labor to halt erosion, restore soil productivity, and improve the rural environment for farmers and wildlife. Farmers were mobilized as conservationists in the nation’s soil conservation districts. In 1935 Bennett described his role and that of the new agency as stewards of soil, ‘If we would continue to grow these crops… we must be prepared to compromise with nature’.