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Roberts-Ratliff takes pride in inspiring others to become good stewards

Vickie Roberts-Ratliff is using personal experiences as a sixth-generation Mississippi landowner to assist small property owners in Georgia’s Fulton and Cobb counties. She serves as a program assistant for the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD). Roberts-Ratliff left a successful career in pharmaceutical sales to return home to her parents’ 500-acre farm in Montgomery County,… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Scott Davis, Keeping Forests as Forests

By Mike Beacom Forestry Notes Q&A: Scott Davis, Keeping Forests as Forests Project Coordinator  Scott Davis is the project coordinator for Keeping Forests as Forests (KFAF), a 13-state southern forest conservation initiative. The group is supported by a diverse coalition of both private and public stakeholders ranging from human health professionals to traditional forest products… Continue reading →

California District Brings Fresh Veggies to Low-Income Communities

By Susie Kirschner, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District Project manager In 2017, the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) located in Southern California was awarded funding through the National Association of Conservation Districts' (NACD) Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Initiative to develop a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. The CSA program ensures lower-income residents have access… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts and the Sustainability Puzzle

Editor's note: This blog is the second part in a series. Click here to read the first installment. By Laura Demmel Agricultural sustainability could be defined as “natural resource stewardship practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1” Conservation districts work toward this goal… Continue reading →

NACD Government Affairs Update on Omnibus Bill

By Coleman Garrison Last week, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill - that President Donald Trump signed into law - that avoided a government shutdown and funds the federal government through the end of the 2018 fiscal year. NACD releases appropriations requests around February of each year, and our organization is generally pleased with the… Continue reading →

Did You Know? Districts are helping Native American tribes put conservation on the ground

By David Vogel, NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group advisor Did you know that NACD is helping conservation districts and Native American tribes establish mutually-beneficial partnerships in putting conservation on the ground? In 2017, NACD established a new resource policy group (RPG) under the Natural Resources Policy Committee with the mission to assist… Continue reading →

NACD Soil Health Champions Network Reaches 200 Members

By Beth Mason This month, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Soil Health Champions Network surpassed 200 members across the United States and is still in the process of confirming more members every day. Since its inception in 2015, the NACD Soil Health Champions Network has brought together landowners and operators that not only… Continue reading →

Urban tree program helps improve Washington communities

A grant from the Puyallup Watershed Initiative is allowing Washington’s Pierce Conservation District (PCD) to strengthen its jurisdictional partnerships and add canopy coverage in some of Pierce County’s most urban areas. Over the past three years, the PCD has received $45,000 for its urban tree sale, which offers discounted trees to city and county residents… Continue reading →

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