Below you’ll find links to webinars and webinar series hosted by NACD and our partners.

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinars

NACD’s Urban and Community Conservation Webinars are held from noon to 1:00pm EDT/EST on the third Thursday of each month. This webinar series, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, features the projects and programs led by conservation districts and their collaborators, and often imparts strategies for securing funding and structuring urban conservation initiatives.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited, so please RSVP to NACD Northern Plains Representative Debra Bogar to reserve your space. To listen to and view webinar presentations from previous Fiscal Years (FY), click below.

October 19, 2017 Urban Agriculture Conservation Cumberland SWCD, Maine
CD of Southern Nevada, Nev.
November 16, 2017 EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, Washington, D.C.
December 21, 2017 Model My Watershed Stroud Water Research Center, Pa.
January 18, 2018 Outreach to Urban Communities Pierce CD, Wash.
Washington CD, Minn.
February 15, 2018 The George Barley Water Prize The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Ohio
Everglades Foundation
March 15, 2018 Green Infrastructure Management Tools Westmoreland CD, Pa.
West MI Environmental Action Council, Mich.
April 19, 2018 Soil Health in Urban Areas King CD, Wash.
May 17, 2018 Public Input Processes Laramie County CD, Wyo.
June 21, 2018 Backyard Food Production Caroll County CD, Ohio
USDA National Agroforestry Center, Neb.
July 19, 2018 Addressing NPS in Lakes McCormick SWCD, S.C.
Papio-Missouri River NRD, Neb.
August 16, 2018 Coastal Conservation Volusia SWCD, Fla.
Eastern Connecticut CD, Conn.
September 20, 2018 TBD TBD

October 16, 2014 Urban and Community Conservation Funding WA State Conservation Commission
Westmoreland CD, Pa.
November 20, 2014 Engaging Mentors for Urban and Community Conservation West Multnomah SWCD, Ore.
Montgomery and Northampton SWCDs, Pa.
December 18, 2014 Reaching Urban and Community Audiences Greenville County SWCD, S.C.
Hamilton County SWCD, Ohio
January 25, 2015 Soil Health Initiatives on Suburban Lands
(recording unavailable)
Ocean County SCD, N.J.
February 19, 2015 Extending Urban Growing Seasons
(recording unavailable)
Jefferson CD, Colo.
NRCS, Ohio
March 19, 2015 Districts Working with Community Gardens
(recording unavailable)
Highlands SWCD, Fla.
RCD of San Diego, Calif.
 April, 16, 2015 More Urban and Community Conservation Funding
(recording unavailable)
Steuben SWCD, Ind.
Dept of Natural Resources, Iowa
Dept of Ag Conservation Div, Iowa
June 18, 2015 Partnering with Golf Courses
(recording unavailable)
First Green Foundation, Wash.
July 16, 2015 Finding an Urban and Community Conservation Niche
(recording unavailable)
Allegheny CD, Pa.
Whidbey Island CD, Wash.
August 20, 2015 Engaging Communities in Urban Conservation Greenville SWCD, S.C.
Tulsa County CD, Okla.
September 17, 2015 Building Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Nevada-Tahoe CD, Nev.
New York City SWCD, N.Y.

September 20, 2012 Locally Led in Developing Areas
(recording unavailable)
Ada CD, Idaho
Westmoreland CD, Pa.
October 18, 2012 Lawn and the Environment
(recording unavailable)
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Ohio Federation of SWCD, Ohio
November 15, 2012 NPDES Phase II Requirements – Outreach
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Water, Washington, D.C.
Dutchess SWCD, N.Y.
December 20, 2012 NPDES Phase II Requirements – Implementation
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Water, Washington, D.C.
Elkhart SWCD, Ind.
January 17, 2013 Clean Water State Revolving Fund and NonPoint Source Pollution
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Wastewater Mgt, Washington, D.C.
Spokane CD, Wash.
February 21, 2013 Districts’ Role in Urban Farming
(recording unavailable)
Pierce CD, Wash.
March 21, 2013 Illinois Urban Manual: A Model for Technical Standards
(recording unavailable)
Association of Illinois SWCD, Ill.
North Cook, Kane-DuPage, and Kendall SWCDs, Ill.
April 18, 2013 Land Evaluation Site Assessment (LESA)
(recording unavailable)
NRCS National Soil Survey Center, Neb.
Dutchess SWCD, N.Y.
May 16, 2013 Statewide Community Conservation Program
(recording unavailable)
North Carolina Dept of Ag Conserv Div
Iowa Dept of Ag Conservation Div Conservation Districts of Iowa
July 18, 2013 Low Impact Development
(recording unavailable)
Washington CD, Minn.
Snohomish CD, Wash.
August 15, 2013 Infiltration of Rain Gardens
(recording unavailable)
Kitsap CD, Wash.
Cass County SCD, N.D.
September 19, 2013 Green Infrastructure at the Local Level
(recording unavailable)
The Conservation Fund
Whatcom CD, Wash.

JFT Webinars

The Joint Forestry Team (JFT) hosts a webinar series on how state-level forestry memorandums of understanding (MOUs) can be used to achieve on-the-ground results across all-lands. The primary purpose of the webinars is to better inform coordinated, interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance. The Joint Forestry Team is made up of the U.S. Forest Service, NRCS, the National Association of State Foresters and NACD.

October 19, 2016 An Overview of America’s Forestry MOUs
November 16, 2016 State Forestry Action Plans

Additional Webinars

Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health

Presented by USDA NRCS West Regional Soil Health Team Leader Jennifer Moore-Kucera. Soil microbes play a direct role in driving multiple soil chemical and physical processes important for overall ecosystem function, but also have direct and indirect effects on plant productivity and quality.  Thus, soil conservation and regeneration should focus not only plant nutrient status and erosion control but also on the status of the soil biological community, its function and overall soil health. The goals of this presentation are: 1) to highlight how soil organisms are involved in all aspects of soil function important for agriculture; 2) introduce biological ‘hot spots’ where soil life is active and the key players associated with these hot spots; and 3) how to maximize these biological hot spots through management practices that follow the four soil health principles. By shifting our view of soils from an inert growing material to a biologically diverse and active ecosystem, we can help create more sustainable farms, ranches and forests to provide the food and fiber for our rapidly growing population while protecting land, air and water resources for future generations.

Connecting Soil Health and Beneficial Invertebrates Beneath the Soil

Join the Xerces Society to learn about the diversity of invertebrate organisms that live beneath the soil surface and the important roles these organisms play in soil health. They will also overview farm and land management practices (e.g. reduced tillage, cover cropping, beetle banks, permanent plantings, etc.) that support these important invertebrates.

Soil Health in Rangeland and Perennial Pasture Systems

Presented by Jeff Goodwin, Pasture and Range Consultant for the Noble Research Institute.

Beneficial Insects and Soil Health: Promoting Beneficial Insects for Pest Management

Presented by Thelma Heidel-Baker, Ph.D, the Conservation Biocontrol Specialist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director for the Xerces Society; a Partner Biologist and Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center in Portland, Oregon.

This webinar gives an overview of how practices that benefit soil health (e.g. cover cropping, field borders and other permanent plantings, reduced tillage, etc.) also benefit the insect/invertebrates that provide pest management services.

Soil Health Research Webinar

On-farm case studies conducted by NACD and Datu Research have found corn and soybean farmers who use cover crops and/or no-till can improve their bottom lines by over $100 per acre. You can read about the economic and soil health benefits of using these conservation practices by clicking here, or click here to read more of the report overview. To request a copy of the parent report, contact Director of Communications Stephanie Addison. NACD hosted a webinar in September with Datu Research’s CEO Marcy Lowe and case study participant Michael Willis reviewing the research conclusions; you can access a recording of the webinar at the title link above.

Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET)

Through RSET, NRCS has integrated the best attributes of many of its resource evaluation tools into one modern way of planning. RSET gives producers a holistic look at their agricultural operation’s current management and conservation activities by comparing an operation’s attributes and activities to stewardship benchmarks for five natural resource concerns: soil management, water quality, water quantity, air quality and wildlife habitat. Then, RSET provides the results of the evaluation in an easy-to-read bar graph that shows how a producer’s management decisions affect the natural resources under his or her care. Click here to access a special edition of the Soil Health Champions Network bulletin on RSET.

NACD Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative Webinar

NACD is helping members advance conservation in developed or developing areas through the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative. In 2017, NACD awarded grants to 19 districts through this initiative to build technical capacity for urban agriculture conservation. This webinar provides guidance for the application process as well as advice from 2016 Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant recipient Muskingum SWCD. Click here to view the accompanying slides.

Leadership and Advocacy Training for Conservation Districts

Interested in learning how you can become a more effective leader and advocate for conservation? Designed for conservation district officials, and made possible through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, this PowerPoint presentation was used in an interactive training session developed by NACD staff and leadership explores topics including: leadership expectations, political engagement, shaping public opinion, gaining positive media coverage and developing and expanding partnerships.

American Society of Agronomy: Cover Crops Webinar Series

NRCS: Understanding the Food and Drug Administration’s Proposed Rules to the Food Safety Modernization Act

NACD/EPA: CW 319 Nonpoint Source Program: New Rules and Guidelines, Renewed Focus on Results RCPP Webinar for Conservation Districts

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