Michigan district assists landowners in treating autumn olive spread

[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS] Wexford County Conservation District (WCCD) is tackling a problem conservation districts unknowingly created more than half a century ago: autumn olive. “It was a problem we kind of created,” Larry Czelusta, forester for Wexford Conservation District in Michigan, said. “We didn’t know the unintended consequences that would arise in the future. The very thing…… Continue reading →

NACD Forestry Notes Q&A: Larry Wiseman, Vibrant Cities Lab

[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS] Larry Wiseman formed CenterLine Strategy after a 29-year career as founding president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. In 2010, he received the Legacy Award from the Arbor Day Foundation for career achievement in forestry. Since then, he’s served as Chair of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) and acts…… Continue reading →

RCDs working to address wildfire concerns with help from CAL FIRE

[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS] Through a variety of funding sources – including $1.9 million from the state of California – El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are working with several agencies to implement a cohesive land management strategy to prevent significant wildfire destruction. The Sly Park Vegetation Management Project is a three-phase, all-lands approach…… Continue reading →

Vermont district is helping to show the value of urban forestry

Caring for the canopy is a top priority of Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD). With 47 municipalities under its jurisdiction, WNRCD’s efforts have led to a collaboration with the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of the Environment (UVM), and the city of Winooski to support the city’s efforts to…… Continue reading →

Ohio Districts Collaborate to Create Best Management Practices

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio’s soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) have formed a partnership to reduce forestry pollution statewide and create best management practices for loggers. Mindy Bankey, CEO of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD), believes good things are happening as a result…… Continue reading →

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 →

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