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 →

Michigan District Makes Difference for Wildlife Habitat

Blue Water Conservation District (BWCD) is improving wildlife habitat through a $50,700 grant the district received from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Michigan DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant must be used by Sept. 30, 2020, on projects including enhancing large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast producing food sources, forest openings, oak savannas…… Continue reading →

Workshops Improve Resource Professionals’ Outreach Efforts

The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI)’s Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) program out of Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is helping forestry agencies connect to private landowners through better outreach. SFFI-led workshops help resource professionals learn how to influence landowners to take steps to sustainably manage their lands. “It’s really thinking about…… Continue reading →

Waldo County Utilizes New Approach to Forest Resource Protection

The Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) of MidCoast Maine has been working in partnership with local landowners to improve the health of regional forests. Forests are facing unprecedented threats, including forest pests poised to decimate dominant tree species in Maine and invasive plants impacting forest regeneration. Conserving forests is a major focus…… Continue reading →

District plants inaugural tree along memorial trail

Pennsylvania’s Erie County Conservation District (ECCD) teamed up with an Eagle Scout candidate to establish a new trail that will combine forest education with honoring community loved ones. In June, the district kicked off the Memorial Tree Trail project, planting the first tree in honor of the late Phil Fatica, a conservation district advocate. More…… Continue reading →

Wildfire work never ends for Western Shasta County RCD

In the midst of one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in California, Western Shasta County Resource Conservation District (RCD) continues working on fire reduction and fire prevention through fuel breaks and preparing communities for wildfires and how to prevent them. The RCD was working on installing a fuel break near French Gulch when…… Continue reading →

Wyoming collaborative effort is increasing forest health

Sublette County Conservation District (SCCD) is reducing wildfire risk, restoring forest species, improving wildlife habitat in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and protecting drinking water through funding from the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP). The LRP funding is one of several grants the district is chasing to implement on-the-ground projects. The Sublette County Forest Collaborative:…… Continue reading →

Indiana erases boundaries in forest management practices

By partnering with several other groups and with funding through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP), Indiana soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are tackling invasive species and managing areas for oak regeneration. The Hoosier Hills and Highlands Oak Community Restoration Partnership project runs across 18 counties of the most heavily forested and diverse…… Continue reading →

District cost-share assistance helps complete Minnesota restoration projects

Lake and Cook County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) combined boots-on-the-ground efforts with cost-sharing to ensure conservation projects designed to help restore the North Shore Forest as part of a Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP). “Forestry assistance for private landowners has been more difficult for people in this area to gain access to,”…… Continue reading →

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