Forestry

Districts a key windbreak partner across Great Plains

By Mike Beacom Conservation leaders from eight states gathered in Manhattan, Kansas, earlier this month for the Great Plains Windbreak Initiative, a three-day meeting designed to advance the “research, understanding, and use of windbreaks in the Great Plains.” [caption id="attachment_7770" align="alignright" width="640"] In additional to mitigating hazardous winds, these windbreaks in North Dakota save energy…… Continue reading →

New Mexico celebrates 15 years of collaborative conservation

By Jeff Burwell and Whitney Forman-Cook The New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD) is celebrating 15 years of Restore New Mexico, a conservation effort that has made a measurable difference in rangeland and forest health in the state. NMACD and the other partners of the Bureau of Land Management's Restore New Mexico initiative started with an ambitious…… Continue reading →

Districts among the many partners assisting 2017 LRP projects

By Mike Beacom Conservation districts are partners in half of the 2017 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP) projects announced in December. Through the program, the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) strive to work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality, and enhance wildlife…… Continue reading →

District-sponsored courses aim to develop forest stewards

By Mike Beacom A pair of conservation districts are helping landowners become forest stewards in their free time. BECOMING A FOREST STEWARD - ONLINE The King Conservation District is promoting an online, seven-week forest stewardship course this winter, put on by Washington State University Extension. The Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course costs $185 and meets…… Continue reading →

SWCDs a good fit for BLM in Alaska

by Mike Beacom Eric Geisler admits that until recently he hadn’t given much thought to enlisting soil and water conservation districts as cooperators. “I’d worked with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) following the Eagle Trail Fire, but that was in 2010,” said Geisler, the program lead for forestry in BLM’s Alaska State…… Continue reading →

Districts among the many partners assisting 2017 LRP projects

By Mike Beacom Conservation districts are partners in half of the 2017 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP) projects announced in December. Through the program, the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) strive to work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and enhance wildlife…… Continue reading →

Making private forestland outreach stick in Michigan

By Mike Beacom Michigan’s Forestry Assistance Program is enhancing active management of non-industrial private forest lands throughout the northern half of the state with the help of conservation districts and private sector partners. The grant initiative is administered through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Through the program, conservation districts can receive…… Continue reading →

Teaching the next generation

Conservation districts across the country work with local school districts to help spread the word about forestry, conservation By Mike Beacom Minnesota’s Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) helps the Cromwell-Wright High School manage its 81-acre school forest. Projects have included tree removal, controlled burning, and maple sap collection and processing. Years ago,…… Continue reading →

King Conservation District helps spread urban forestry

By Mike Beacom With help from communities and area volunteers, King Conservation District is leading an effort to spread urban forestry throughout King County in Western Washington. In 2015, King Conservation District launched the Urban Forest Health Management Program to provide urban forestry services to the incorporated cities of King County. Using a request for…… Continue reading →

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