Forestry

Districts Bring the Pieces Together

Several years ago, Doug Rushton had an idea. Some conservation districts in his home state of Washington had a forester on staff, but others did not. What if those without could borrow the neighboring district’s forester? What if Washington’s conservation districts could share resources to get more work done? Rushton, a longtime member of the…… Continue reading →

Wyoming partners pool resources with NWTF

In 2013, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Wyoming State Forestry Department and Weston County Natural Resource District joined forces to combat the mountain pine beetle before it destroyed Black Hills Forest. Now, the partnership is reaching further into privately-owned forest land, providing a variety of forestry management options and…… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Will Novy-Hildesley

By Mike Beacom Forestry Notes Q&A: Will Novy-Hildesley Executive Director, North American Forest Partnership Will Novy-Hildesley has extensive experience with the forest sector, developing new initiatives, and leading multi-stakeholder brand initiatives that bridge for-profit/non-profit and government. He joined the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP) recognizing a tremendous opportunity to bring together many diverse interests with…… Continue reading →

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