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Department of Interior Reorganization

By Chris Heck This post will be continuously updated as the reorganization process moves forward. Feedback on the DOI’s reorganization plan can be sent here. Timeline: January 10, 2018: Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a planned reorganization of the Department of the Interior (DOI). The reorganization plan includes the creation of “13 Common… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Will Novy-Hildesley

By Mike Beacom Forestry Notes Q&A: Will Novy-Hildesley Executive Director, North American Forest Partnership Will Novy-Hildesley has extensive experience with the forest sector, developing new initiatives, and leading multi-stakeholder brand initiatives that bridge for-profit/non-profit and government. He joined the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP) recognizing a tremendous opportunity to bring together many diverse interests with… Continue reading →

Did You Know? Soil and Water Conservation Commission Implements Pilot Program to Train Supervisors

By Bryan Evans, North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Executive Director Note from the editor: North Carolina serves on the District Operations/Member Services Committee. The committee has decided to return the focus of "Did You Know?" content to elements of District Official Training and/or District Operations. The information below does not pertain… Continue reading →

2017 End of Year Congressional Update

By Coleman Garrison As Congress wraps up its work for 2017 and NACD looks ahead to the new year, we wanted to let you know where things stand on a few topics. This week, Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the federal government by passing another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) which will fund the federal… Continue reading →

The Dirt on Urban Agriculture in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

By Jessica Buck, Montgomery County Conservation District Agricultural Conservation Specialist Montgomery County Conservation District (MCCD) in Pennsylvania recently launched their first outreach and technical assistance program to farms and gardens in urban communities through NACD’s 2017 Urban Agriculture Conservation grant program. This opportunity helped to establish long-lasting partnerships among community organizations and yielded meaningful outcomes… Continue reading →

Conservation Leaders Meet with Agriculture Secretary

By Katy Parker, executive director, Alabama Association of Conservation Districts In the last week of November, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met twice with leaders in conservation. Perdue first met with the presidents of the conservation partnership organizations (National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of State Conservation Agencies, National Association of Conservation District Employees Association,… Continue reading →

NACD Government Affairs Update

By Coleman Garrison As we enter the final month of 2017, there are several issues on NACD’s radar that we want you to be aware of: By the end of this week, Congress is expected to pass a bill to fund the federal government for two weeks and prevent a government shutdown from occurring on… Continue reading →

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