2018 Farm Bill Breakdown: Forestry

Now that President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, NACD’s Government Affairs Team will be releasing a series of blog posts to break down the bill in more detail with the expected changes folks can expect on the ground as USDA works to implement the new law.  On December 20, 2018,…… Continue reading →

Partnership puts turkeys back on the ground in New Hampshire

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) signed in August 2018 shows the commitment both organizations have to collaborate on future programs and activities, including wild turkey and habitat conservation projects, education and outreach and habitat restoration. “[The MOU] really solidifies a…… Continue reading →

Oneida County SWCD expanding its urban forestry work

New York’s Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is branching out into urban forestry through a $48,450 grant the district received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This past year, Oneida County SWCD applied for this urban forestry grant after speaking with potential community partners. The SWCD is one…… Continue reading →

Colorado conservation districts are expanding forestry capacity

Conservation districts on Colorado’s Front Range are bolstering forestry programs by increasing the pace and scale of private lands education and on-the-ground practice implementation through ecology-based, multi-resource benefit forestry. Landowner interest is at an all-time high and district foresters are struggling to keep up. “It’s a good problem to have,” Jefferson Conservation District Supervisory Conservation…… Continue reading →

Daigle receives award for longleaf pine restoration efforts

By NACD South Central Region Representative Keith Owen In November, Louisiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts President David Daigle of the Calcasieu Soil and Water Conservation District received the Longleaf Alliance Gjerstad-Johnson Landowner of the Year award. Since 1983, David Daigle has been working to restore longleaf pine savannahs, and his work on…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Clint Evans

NACD Forestry Notes Q&A: Clint Evans, Colorado State Conservationist and Joint Forestry Team 2018 Chair Clint Evans has served as Colorado’s State Conservationist since February 2015. Prior to that, he was the Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Idaho and spent time working for NRCS in Kansas. This past year, Evans has served as Chairman of…… Continue reading →

Colorado partnership weathers obstacles for sake of the forest

Colorado’s Upper South Platte Partnership (USPP) is shifting the focus of forest management from counting acres to making acres count. The three-year-old effort in the foothills west of Denver seeks to leverage funding and expertise to implement wildfire mitigation and forest restoration treatments at a landscape scale in critically important watersheds. However, like any effort…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes: 10 steps for succession planning

Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Forestry & Natural Resources offers 10 steps in its Generation Next workshop to make the process of succession planning less daunting. These are adapted from Oregon State University’s Ties to the Land program: Discuss and write down your goals (vision) for the property and the family.…… Continue reading →

What the Elections Mean for Natural Resources

By NACD Natural Resources Policy Specialist Adam Pugh Last week’s mid-term elections resulted in the U.S. House of Representatives flipping to a Democrat majority for the first time since 2010. In the conservation world, focus is primarily centered on the expired farm bill. However, the elections will also significantly impact the House Committee on Natural…… Continue reading →

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