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New Mexico celebrates 15 years of collaborative conservation

By Jeff Burwell and Whitney Forman-Cook The New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD) is celebrating 15 years of Restore New Mexico, a conservation effort that has made a measurable difference in rangeland and forest health in the state. NMACD and the other partners of the Bureau of Land Management's Restore New Mexico initiative started with an ambitious… Continue reading →

Envirothon: Coming home

Envirothon Testimonial Brandon Fuller My name is Brandon Fuller. Originally, my plan in life was to get my degree in journalism and write for Field and Stream magazine, or something along those lines. I was attending Oklahoma State University when I had a revelation. During my first semester I was having a very tough time, I… Continue reading →

Envirothon: Looking back and looking forward

Envirothon Testimonial Brett Fuller My name is Brett Fuller and I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University in Fort Collins studying fish, wildlife, and conservation biology. The Envirothon and natural resource camps that I participated in throughout my life have tremendously impacted my life and career decisions. I have gone to the Youth… Continue reading →

NACD’s newest RPG supports conservation partnerships with tribes

By Dave Vogel The NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group (TOP RPG) met for the first time last week at NACD's 71st Annual Meeting in Denver. There, the TOP RPG's members and stakeholders agreed to do the following to help enhance collaborative partnerships between districts and tribes: Identify opportunities for successful partnerships between tribes and conservation districts Solicit,… Continue reading →

‘Tis the season: Road salt applications catch the attention of Vermont district

By Whitney Forman-Cook The district manager of a Vermont conservation district spoke before the state's House Committee on Natural Resources recently on an important issue in the northern U.S. Road salt, Corrina Parnapy told lawmakers this winter, is making its way into American riparian, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems. Following a thaw or rain event, Parnapy testified, salt applied to… Continue reading →

Chesapeake Bay district partners to accelerate conservation adoption

By Bill Tharpe and Jackie Koehn The Harford Soil Conservation District in Maryland is working with a private sector partner to meet EPA's 2017 pollution reduction targets in the Chesapeake Bay. The district's unique partnership with Ecotone Inc., an ecosystem restoration consulting firm, is helping to increase the adoption of conservation practices within the watershed by making technical… Continue reading →

Districts among the many partners assisting 2017 LRP projects

By Mike Beacom Conservation districts are partners in half of the 2017 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP) projects announced in December. Through the program, the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) strive to work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality, and enhance wildlife… Continue reading →

District-sponsored courses aim to develop forest stewards

By Mike Beacom A pair of conservation districts are helping landowners become forest stewards in their free time. BECOMING A FOREST STEWARD - ONLINE The King Conservation District is promoting an online, seven-week forest stewardship course this winter, put on by Washington State University Extension. The Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course costs $185 and meets… Continue reading →

How can the new Congress use CRA authority?

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 – Speculation is flying on whether the new Congress will use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal several of the Obama administration’s more controversial regulations. These regulations include the Farmer Fair Practices or GIPSA rule, the SNAP retailers rule, the school lunch and breakfast program’s nutrition standards,… Continue reading →

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