Five ways conservation districts can assist CFP

From the application process to providing ongoing technical assistance, conservation districts have several opportunities to participate in the Community Forest Program at different levels. “I can see opportunities during the application process and beyond,” U.S. Forest Service National Program Specialist Margee Haines said. “These forests are a permanent resource for the community and actively managed…… Continue reading →

District finds ways to assist CFP in Washington

A 2008 wildfire that began with a lightning strike on Mt. Adams and moved toward nearby rural communities sparked a movement to find innovative ways to address fire risk and protect forest health in the Mt. Adams area of southern Washington. Those conversations grew into the Mt. Adams Community Forest, which benefited from the Community…… Continue reading →

Community Forest Program

Communities and private landowners across the country are embracing the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program), a program designed to manage private property for public access and the good of the community. The Community Forest Program complements conservation districts’ efforts to conserve and promote healthy environments, whether it…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: NIFA National Program Leader Eric Norland

Forestry Notes Q&A Eric Norland, National Program Leader National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Division of Environmental Systems Dr. Norland provides national leadership for forest resource management, forest sustainability and agroforestry research and extension programs; the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program, which provides funding to 73 land-grant institutions for Extension forest and rangeland…… Continue reading →

District provides much needed post-fire support

Washington’s Cascadia Conservation District (CCD) is working with landowners and other partners on wildfire recovery efforts to mitigate the after-effects of wildfires. In December 2018, the conservation district gathered federal, state and local partners to hold a workshop focusing on post-wildfire recovery efforts from August’s Cougar Creek Fire that burned more than 45,000 acres. Fire…… Continue reading →

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 →

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