2017 fire season costs exceed $2 billion

By Mike Beacom Summer 2017 may be remembered years from now for its devastating hurricanes, but it has also proven to be yet another record-setting fire season. Federal wildfire spending has increased steadily over the past three decades, but even more rapidly over the past five years. Two years ago, the Forest Service spent a…… Continue reading →

Montana CDs play critical role in wildfire recovery

By Laura Demmel Wildfires continue to take their toll across the West, sweeping through forests, grasslands, and communities. Some 80 wildfires in the United States have burned over 942,000 acres already this fire session. Nearly half of those acres are in Montana. The great loss to landowners in land and assets, as well as the…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: National Wild Turkey Federation

Rebecca Barnard, National Forestry Programs Manager National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) As the national forestry programs manager with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rebecca Barnard provides direction to NWTF’s forestry outreach and partnership efforts; serves as a liaison to federal, state, NGO, and for-profit forestry organizations; and promotes active forest management to internal and external…… Continue reading →

NACD Forestry RPG explores Deadwood

By Mike Beacom [caption id="attachment_9660" align="alignright" width="564"] NACD Forestry RPG members in Deadwood, South Dakota.[/caption] The NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) recently met in Deadwood, South Dakota, in conjunction with the National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) Forest Resources Management Committee. The Forestry RPG heard from a variety of presenters during the three-day meeting,…… Continue reading →

Conservation in Montana: The Chance of a Lifetime

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MDNRC) has recently published three stories on Montana farmers and ranchers who have devoted a great deal of time and energy to conservation work. NACD would like to thank Linda Brander, a resource specialist for the Conservation Districts Bureau within MDNRC, for the opportunity to republish this story on our blog. Story by John Grassy…… Continue reading →

Q&A: How to be fire smart for the Fourth

By Chris Heck The cooler is full and all the luggage is tied down. It’s Fourth of July weekend! And millions of Americans will be hitting the road out of town to spend the long weekend among our nation’s natural resources. Fourth of July weekend is traditionally filled with grilling, campfires, and, of course, fireworks. With 29…… Continue reading →

Districts can make connections

By Mike Beacom In 2003, Linda Brownson and her husband relocated to New Hampshire from Texas, where for nine years she helped manage forestland and rangeland while her husband grew a family financial consulting business. The couple purchased a two-centuries-old New Hampshire farm that sits 1,500 feet above sea level in the western foothills of…… Continue reading →

Women4theLand provides resources

By Mike Beacom Since 2013, the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN), the American Farmland Trust, Indiana’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and other conservation partners have been working together to reach out to women farmers and forest landowners in Indiana. This effort, called Women4theLand, aims…… Continue reading →

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