Conservation Education and Stewardship

NACD, state associations, local districts celebrate annual Stewardship Week

By Diana Blackwood The week of April 30 to May 7, 2017 marked NACD's 62nd annual Stewardship Week. Thousands of dedicated conservationists celebrated the 2017 Stewardship Week theme “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” by holding or participating in field days, soil health workshops, and other conservation outreach events throughout the country, helping to raise awareness about soils…… Continue reading →

April is National Garden Month: Know the difference between ‘non-native’ and ‘invasive’

By Sara Kangas April is National Garden Month! While you’re welcoming spring and the return of pollinators, make sure you’re not introducing invasive species inadvertently. Recently, Cheerios launched a #bringbackthebees campaign in partnership with Veseys Seeds. The campaign distributed 100 million seeds packets (that’s over 1.5 billion seeds!) nationwide as part of an effort to…… Continue reading →

Envirothon: Coming home

Envirothon Testimonial Brandon Fuller My name is Brandon Fuller. Originally, my plan in life was to get my degree in journalism and write for Field and Stream magazine, or something along those lines. I was attending Oklahoma State University when I had a revelation. During my first semester I was having a very tough time, I…… Continue reading →

Envirothon: Looking back and looking forward

Envirothon Testimonial Brett Fuller My name is Brett Fuller and I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University in Fort Collins studying fish, wildlife, and conservation biology. The Envirothon and natural resource camps that I participated in throughout my life have tremendously impacted my life and career decisions. I have gone to the Youth…… Continue reading →

SWCDs a good fit for BLM in Alaska

by Mike Beacom Eric Geisler admits that until recently he hadn’t given much thought to enlisting soil and water conservation districts as cooperators. “I’d worked with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) following the Eagle Trail Fire, but that was in 2010,” said Geisler, the program lead for forestry in BLM’s Alaska State…… Continue reading →

Did You Know? NACD has a Soil Health Champions Network

By Beth Mason [caption id="attachment_7033" align="alignright" width="619"] Each dot on the map above represents a Soil Health Champion. Is your state represented in the Network?[/caption] In 2014, NACD received a three-year NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to promote the adoption of soil health practices across the United States. The grant has two parts: First, NACD…… Continue reading →

Updated ACEP provides new opportunities for conservation districts

By Eric Hansen Last month, NRCS finalized regulations for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), marking the end of 2014 Farm Bill implementation and opening up several opportunities for conservation districts to assist landowners in conservation planning. First, some background: the 2014 Farm Bill combined the NRCS' Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve…… Continue reading →

A-maze-ing: A classroom in the corn

By Sara Kangas NACD power player Gene Schmidt works off the clock to promote youth education in an unexpected, interactive environment – a farm. In partnership with his neighbor and mentor Howard Guse, the NACD past president (2011 – 2013) began hosting children and families at Guse Christmas Trees 15 years ago. The farm is a…… Continue reading →

Did You Know? What the National Conservation Foundation does for you

By Gene Schmidt The National Conservation Foundation has been in operation for over 20 years, thanks to some forward thinking leadership on the part of the National Association of Conservation Districts. Supporters of NACD utilize the National Conservation Foundation to underscore the tremendous work the association does on Capitol Hill and for locally-led, voluntary conservation programs across the nation's landscape.…… Continue reading →

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