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NACD releases its “Nine Farm Bill Principles”

NACD is the collective voice of conservation districts and their state associations. In that role, NACD advocates on behalf of our member districts for federal conservation program funding. Some of the federal support for conservation programs is allotted as discretionary funding during the annual appropriations process. Every year, NACD releases what we think are appropriate funding levels for conservation programs…… 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 →

NACD’s newest RPG supports conservation partnerships with tribes

By Dave Vogel The NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group (TOP RPG) met for the first time last week at NACD's 71st Annual Meeting in Denver. There, the TOP RPG's members and stakeholders agreed to do the following to help enhance collaborative partnerships between districts and tribes: Identify opportunities for successful partnerships between tribes and conservation districts Solicit,…… 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 →

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 →

Updated ACEP provides new opportunities for conservation districts

By Eric Hansen Last month, NRCS finalized regulations for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), marking the end of 2014 Farm Bill implementation and opening up several opportunities for conservation districts to assist landowners in conservation planning. First, some background: the 2014 Farm Bill combined the NRCS' Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve…… Continue reading →

Did You Know? From the Presidents Association

Before NACD’s 1962 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, an affiliate organization didn’t exist to support and champion the individuals who served as presidents of their state associations. Luckily, that changed when the “Association of Past Presidents of State Associations of Conservation Districts" was formally established through a bylaw amendment at NACD’s 1963 Annual Meeting in Denver.…… 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 →

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