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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 →

‘Tis the season: Road salt applications catch the attention of Vermont district

By Whitney Forman-Cook The district manager of a Vermont conservation district spoke before the state's House Committee on Natural Resources recently on an important issue in the northern U.S. Road salt, Corrina Parnapy told lawmakers this winter, is making its way into American riparian, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems. Following a thaw or rain event, Parnapy testified, salt applied to…… Continue reading →

Chesapeake Bay district partners to accelerate conservation adoption

By Bill Tharpe and Jackie Koehn [caption id="attachment_7370" align="alignleft" width="363"] The Thomas Run project created three shallow water wetland developments and restored and forested approximately 12 acres of wetland, providing habitat for waterfowl and allowing landowners to lease their property for hunting rights.[/caption] The Harford Soil Conservation District in Maryland is working with a private sector…… 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 →

How can the new Congress use CRA authority?

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 – Speculation is flying on whether the new Congress will use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal several of the Obama administration’s more controversial regulations. These regulations include the Farmer Fair Practices or GIPSA rule, the SNAP retailers rule, the school lunch and breakfast program’s nutrition standards,…… 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 →

The truth about wild horses in the American West

By Lee McDaniel and Brent Van Dyke As you may have heard by now, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended last month that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) humanely euthanize or sell (without restriction) unadoptable wild horses and burros on the western range. Perhaps you heard an activist group claim that…… 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 →

Clinton, Trump policies on conservation, ag laid out side-by-side

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The presidential debate night started well before the general election candidates took stage yesterday. Earlier that morning in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton surrogate Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy agriculture secretary, went head-to-head with Sam Clovis, Donald Trump’s senior agriculture advisor, at a Farm Foundation Forum on their…… Continue reading →

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