Silvopasture getting closer look in Southeast

By Mike Beacom Dr. Alan Franzluebbers didn’t go looking for silvopasture; the practice was waiting for him. The research ecologist relocated four years ago to a position with North Carolina State University's Department of Soil Science. Having researched pasture systems for more than a decade in Georgia, Franzluebbers inherited a silvopasture study already underway at…… Continue reading →

Q&A with Steve Hedstrom: CDs make for strong forestry partners

By Mike Beacom Steve Hedstrom and his family manage a 3,000-acre cow-calf operation in Raynesford, Montana. For the past year he has served as the chair of the Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG), which consists of representatives from each of NACD’s seven regions and representatives from both the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) and the…… Continue reading →

Bruce Brown and the importance of Forest Stewardship plans

By Mike Beacom Bruce Brown always wanted a tree farm. There was something appealing to him about walking among wildlife; seeing the land transform through the seasons. He also has forestland stewardship in his blood. In 1993, Bruce and his wife purchased 40 acres of hog pasture near the Brown family farm in southern Illinois. “You can’t…… Continue reading →

Q&A with Keith Argow

By Mike Beacom Keith Argow has been actively involved in national forestry issues for more than 50 years. He received undergraduate degrees from Colorado College and the University of Michigan, and holds a PhD in forestry and political science from N.C. State University. He was a district ranger and research forester for the U.S. Forest…… Continue reading →

Timber Tax Q&A with U.S. Forest Service’s Linda Wang

By Mike Beacom This spring, conservation districts were encouraged to share landowner questions with U.S. Forest Service Timber Tax Specialist Linda Wang. Here are the answers to some of their most common questions. After a causality loss what can I write off as a loss? LW: You can claim a casualty loss deduction. However, the…… Continue reading →

What’s Envirothon? NACD’s Katie Stump explains.

By Whitney Forman-Cook WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts works in tandem with the National Conservation Foundation to implement nationwide programming that promotes conservation education. One of those efforts is the NCF Envirothon. You might not be familiar with Envirothon, but trust me, you want to be. Envirothon is an…… Continue reading →

Wait or anticipate? One couple’s ash tree choice

Editor's Note: The author of this blog post, Mike Mascoe, is the public information specialist for Nebraska's Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (NRD). His dilemma in deciding what was best for his property and beloved ash tree is a decision many homeowners are forced to make. ... It’s coming. A year later it was…… Continue reading →

June is “Soils Support Recreation” Month

This year has been officially named the International Year of Soils by the United Nations. The Soil Science Society of America has assigned a different theme to each month and June’s theme is “Soils Support Recreation.” Healthy soil is crucial to so many parts of our lives and recreation is no exception. If you love…… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts can help Wyoming landowners establish windbreaks

Conservation districts are the largest consumers of National Agroforestry Center (NAC) materials and also a great help in getting agroforestry practices on the ground. For example, conservation district staff explain the value windbreaks can have in protecting livestock and wind-sensitive crops. This video, produced by the University of Wyoming Extension office, promotes conservation district seedling…… Continue reading →

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