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Celebrate Pollinator Week – Five Ways You Can Help Today

By NACD Communications Manager Sara Kangas As spring concludes and summer finally arrives, you're likely seeing more critters around your garden hard at work. Today marks the beginning of National Pollinator Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the animals and invertebrates that make our ecosystems function. In addition to graphics on NACD's social… Continue reading →

Vermont district is helping to show the value of urban forestry

Caring for the canopy is a top priority of Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD). With 47 municipalities under its jurisdiction, WNRCD’s efforts have led to a collaboration with the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of the Environment (UVM), and the city of Winooski to support the city’s efforts to… Continue reading →

Ohio Districts Collaborate to Create Best Management Practices

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio’s soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) have formed a partnership to reduce forestry pollution statewide and create best management practices for loggers. Mindy Bankey, CEO of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD), believes good things are happening as a result… Continue reading →

What Conservation Planning Boot Camp Can Teach You

By Laura Demmel From May 7 - 11, NACD's Northern Plains Region Representative Laura Demmel participated in the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) near Nampa, Idaho. Similar in structure to NRCS' three-week, intensive Conservation Planning Boot Camp in Lincoln, Neb., this one-week course in Nampa arms conservation professionals with… Continue reading →

Districts Bring the Pieces Together

Several years ago, Doug Rushton had an idea. Some conservation districts in his home state of Washington had a forester on staff, but others did not. What if those without could borrow the neighboring district’s forester? What if Washington’s conservation districts could share resources to get more work done? Rushton, a longtime member of the… Continue reading →

Wyoming partners pool resources with NWTF

In 2013, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Wyoming State Forestry Department and Weston County Natural Resource District joined forces to combat the mountain pine beetle before it destroyed Black Hills Forest. Now, the partnership is reaching further into privately-owned forest land, providing a variety of forestry management options and… Continue reading →

BLM Releases Wild Horse and Burro Sustainability Report

On April 27, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its long-awaited report on a comprehensive plan to address the overpopulation of wild horses and burros on federal lands. This report was initially required in the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill and once again requested in the FY 2018 appropriations bill passed in March. The… Continue reading →

NACD’s Take: The 2018 House Farm Bill

By Coleman Garrison, NACD Director of Government Affairs On Thursday, April 12, the House Ag Committee released its 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and the legislation passed out of Committee on Wednesday, April 18. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared. Many of our requests were incorporated into… Continue reading →

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