Conservation Education and Stewardship

Conservation field day sparks stewardship in New York

By Caitlin Stewart Earlier this fall, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) in upstate New York hosted its 38th annual Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day to encourage fifth and sixth graders to become the future stewards of our natural resources. The event drew 72 area students from Lake Pleasant, Wells, Long…… Continue reading →

NCF-Envirothon gearing up for 2018 in Idaho

By Carly Burton I recently had the opportunity to travel to Pocatello, Idaho: the location of the 2018 NCF-Envirothon competition. Pocatello is a city sprinkled with hills (and mini-volcanoes that still steam!) nestled between mountains and flat farmland. It shares a portion of its land with the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and is known as…… Continue reading →

New educational coloring book features tiny superhero of the soil

She’s a wee bit smaller than your typical superhero. But the creators of a new soil health-themed coloring book believe “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale” will encourage the next generation of real-life hero farmers, conservationists, and scientists to further unlock the secrets in the soil. The 24-page coloring book is produced by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation…… Continue reading →

Celebrating bats: Unexpected pollinators

By Sara Kangas Bat Week is held each October 24 – 31 and raises awareness for how integral bats are to our ecosystems. Bats are some of America’s best pollinators, but they’re often shrouded in mystery! Here are some facts about pollinating bats in the United States: Chiropterophily is the official term for pollination of…… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Revitalizing an Alabama neighborhood through urban agriculture

Guest column by Holly Lynne Killian  [caption id="attachment_9673" align="alignright" width="415"] Community leader and “Revitalizing Hillman” Project Coordinator Virginia Ward at the Bessemer Farmers Market.[/caption] In the southwestern part of Birmingham, Alabama, lies a seasonal high tunnel (also known as a hoop house) overflowing with fresh vegetables. Located in the neighborhood of Hillman, the high tunnel…… Continue reading →

County-level conservation department, tribe in Wisconsin partner to expand access and delivery on Indian lands

Tribal Outreach and Partnership Success Story: Oneida Tribe and Outagamie County Land Conservation Department in Wisconsin By Dave Vogel In Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe has been an active participant in conservation programs implementing buffers, restoring native prairies, and eliminating fish blockages throughout the Lower Fox River Watershed. Most recently, the Oneida Tribe established a cooperative agreement with the…… Continue reading →

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