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Did You Know? National Conservation Planning Partnership

NACD is a partner in the National Conservation Planning Partnership, along with NRCS, the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), and the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC). Did You Know? NCPP was formed in 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in… Continue reading →

Montana CDs play critical role in wildfire recovery

By Laura Demmel Wildfires continue to take their toll across the West, sweeping through forests, grasslands, and communities. Some 80 wildfires in the United States have burned over 942,000 acres already this fire session. Nearly half of those acres are in Montana. The great loss to landowners in land and assets, as well as the… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: National Wild Turkey Federation

Rebecca Barnard, National Forestry Programs Manager National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) As the national forestry programs manager with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rebecca Barnard provides direction to NWTF’s forestry outreach and partnership efforts; serves as a liaison to federal, state, NGO, and for-profit forestry organizations; and promotes active forest management to internal and external… Continue reading →

Voluntary conservation curbs the plague, boosts black-footed ferret numbers in the Southwest

By Elijah Olomoniyi Yesterday, federal and state wildlife groups met north of Fort Collins, Colorado, at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center to celebrate the ways voluntary conservation and a new sylvatic plague vaccine are helping to bring the black-footed ferret back from the brink of extinction. Declining prairie dog populations and a high prevalence of… Continue reading →

VESP means good stewardship in Vermont

By Bill Berry What good things are there to say about the Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP)? Let us count some of the ways. The program will be piloted this year and next on 10 to 12 farms. It is an example of cooperative conservation at its best with roles for federal, state, and local… Continue reading →

Conservation in Montana: Cooperation and Trust Conquer Weeds in Sweet Grass County

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MDNRC) has recently published three stories on Montana farmers and ranchers who have devoted a great deal of time and energy to conservation work. NACD would like to thank Linda Brander, a resource specialist for the Conservation Districts Bureau within MDNRC, for the opportunity to republish this story on our blog. Story by John Grassy… Continue reading →

NCF-Envirothon concludes in Maryland, honors winners

By Melisa Augusto Welcomed by ideal weather conditions for Maryland in July, nearly 700 Envirothon students, teachers, advisors, volunteers, and sponsors descended upon Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, last week for the NCF-Envirothon. The 30th annual event was the culmination of a year’s worth of studying, training, activities, and local, regional, state or… Continue reading →

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