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NACD Grant Helps Develop Partnerships, Positive Conservation Efforts

By Howard SWCD District Technician Hunter Slifka After receiving a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) earlier this year, the Howard Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Cresco, Iowa, is fortifying its partnerships and increasing conservation on the ground. In addition to expanding over 6,000 feet of streambank restoration… Continue reading →

2014 Farm Bill Expiration: What’s Next?

By NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison As the 2014 Farm Bill expiration quickly approaches, NACD has ramped up communication efforts with policymakers to determine the next steps. Based on the conversations with congressional staff and House and Senate Agriculture Committees leaders’ statements, it is likely the Sept. 30, 2018, expiration date will come… Continue reading →

Did You Know? Diversity & Customer Service

Why should a conservation district board care about diversity? The idea of diversity goes beyond differing races or genders on district boards. Creating a diverse board provides the best possible customer service to communities. A diverse board reflects the ideas of many cultures, races, religions and genders and creates an environment of inclusivity so everyone… Continue reading →

Workshops Improve Resource Professionals’ Outreach Efforts

The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI)’s Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) program out of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is helping forestry agencies connect to private landowners through better outreach. SFFI-led workshops help resource professionals learn how to influence landowners to take steps to sustainably manage their lands. “It’s really thinking about… Continue reading →

Waldo County Utilizes New Approach to Forest Resource Protection

The Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) of MidCoast Maine has been working in partnership with local landowners to improve the health of regional forests. Forests are facing unprecedented threats, including forest pests poised to decimate dominant tree species in Maine and invasive plants impacting forest regeneration. Conserving forests is a major focus… Continue reading →

District plants inaugural tree along memorial trail

Pennsylvania’s Erie County Conservation District (ECCD) teamed up with an Eagle Scout candidate to establish a new trail that will combine forest education with honoring community loved ones. In June, the district kicked off the Memorial Tree Trail project, planting the first tree in honor of the late Phil Fatica, a conservation district advocate. More… Continue reading →

Wildfire work never ends for Western Shasta County RCD

In the midst of one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in California, Western Shasta County Resource Conservation District (RCD) continues working on fire reduction and fire prevention through fuel breaks and preparing communities for wildfires and how to prevent them. The RCD was working on installing a fuel break near French Gulch when… Continue reading →

Wyoming collaborative effort is increasing forest health

Sublette County Conservation District (SCCD) is reducing wildfire risk, restoring forest species, improving wildlife habitat in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and protecting drinking water through funding from the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP). The LRP funding is one of several grants the district is chasing to implement on-the-ground projects. The Sublette County Forest Collaborative:… Continue reading →

Indiana erases boundaries in forest management practices

By partnering with several other groups and with funding through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP), Indiana soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are tackling invasive species and managing areas for oak regeneration. The Hoosier Hills and Highlands Oak Community Restoration Partnership project runs across 18 counties of the most heavily forested and diverse… Continue reading →

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