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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 →

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 →

Sentinel Landscapes designated in Fl., Minn., & N.C.

By Jaime Simon WASHINGTON, July 24, 2016 – The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DoD), and the Interior have designated Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, Camp Ripley in Minnesota, and 33 counties in eastern North Carolina as the newest Sentinel Landscapes. Sentinel Landscapes are places where preserving the working and rural character…… 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 →

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