Urban & Community Conservation

Tomatoes: The Secret Recipe

By Lilias Pettit-Scott What would you say if I told you the secret to growing amazing tomatoes involves fish heads? About six years ago, I was working at Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz, California, with farmer Cynthia Sandberg, an expert of the pommes d'amour (the French refer to a tomato as the love apple).…… Continue reading →

April is National Garden Month: Know the difference between ‘non-native’ and ‘invasive’

By Sara Kangas April is National Garden Month! While you’re welcoming spring and the return of pollinators, make sure you’re not introducing invasive species inadvertently. Recently, Cheerios launched a #bringbackthebees campaign in partnership with Veseys Seeds. The campaign distributed 100 million seeds packets (that’s over 1.5 billion seeds!) nationwide as part of an effort to…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

By Mike Beacom Gerry Gray and Paul Ries serve as co-chairs of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC), whose mission is to “increase tangible support for urban forests on a national and local level; educate diverse audiences (from policy makers to the public) about the value and need for healthy urban forests; and network and…… Continue reading →

Getting seeds started right

By Justin Husher When spring can’t get here soon enough, it’s time to start getting your hands dirty starting some seeds! Seed starting is fairly easy, given the right set-up, a bit of patience, and a bit of diligence. The wrong way to start seeds is in front of a window in northeast Ohio in March.…… 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 →

EPA’s 319 grants help put voluntary conservation on the ground

By Coleman Garrison The Environmental Protection Agency released a national snapshot of its Section 319 grants program last week to highlight the voluntary program’s many conservation successes in recent years. This week, NACD is joining the celebration. Technical and financial assistance allocated through the Section 319 grant program, also called the Nonpoint Source Program, helps…… Continue reading →

Urban and Community Profile: Evelyn Ware-Jackson

By Mike Beacom As an investor who renovates homes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Evelyn Ware-Jackson looks at blighted areas a little differently than most people. Where others see despair, Evelyn sees opportunity. She also knows that restoring one home alone is not enough. Many times, the whole neighborhood needs redevelopment. Nowhere has she been more successful than…… Continue reading →

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 →

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