Webinars

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.

MONTH TOPIC PRESENTER(s)
October 19, 2017 Urban Agriculture Conservation Cumberland SWCD, ME
CD of Southern Nevada, NV
November 16, 2017 EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, DC
December 21, 2017 Model My Watershed Stroud Water Research Center, PA
January 18, 2018 Urban Conservation Outreach Hillsborough SWCD, FL
TBD
February 15, 2018 Urban Agriculture-Food Producing Trees and Shrubs National Agroforestry Center, NE
March 15, 2018 Water Quality Technology Westmoreland CD, PA
West MI Environmental Action Council, MI
April 19, 2018 Soil Health in Urban Areas King CD, WA
TBD
May 17, 2018 Public Input Processes Laramie County CD, WY
TBD
June 21, 2018 Indoor Agriculture Conservation TBD
July 19, 2018 Addressing NPS in Lakes TBD
August 16, 2018 Coastal Conservation TBD
September 20, 2018 Addressing NPS in Lakes TBD

MONTH TOPIC PRESENTER(s)
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, OR
Montgomery and Northampton SWCDs, PA
December 18, 2014 Reaching Urban and Community Audiences Greenville County SWCD, SC
Hamilton County SWCD, OH
January 25, 2015 Soil Health Initiatives on Suburban Lands
(recording unavailable)
Ocean County SCD, NJ
USDA NRCS, NJ
February 19, 2015 Extending Urban Growing Seasons
(recording unavailable)
Jefferson CD, CO
NRCS, OH
March 19, 2015 Districts Working with Community Gardens
(recording unavailable)
Highlands SWCD, FL
RCD of San Diego, CA
 April, 16, 2015 More Urban and Community Conservation Funding
(recording unavailable)
Steuben SWCD, IN
Dept of Natural Resources, IA
Dept of Ag Conservation Div, IA
June 18, 2015 Partnering with Golf Courses
(recording unavailable)
First Green Foundation, WA
July 16, 2015 Finding an Urban and Community Conservation Niche
(recording unavailable)
Allegheny CD, PA
Whidbey Island CD, WA
August 20, 2015 Engaging Communities in Urban Conservation Greenville SWCD, SC
Tulsa County CD, OK
September 17, 2015 Building Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Nevada-Tahoe CD, NV
New York City SWCD, NY

MONTH TOPIC PRESENTER(s)
September 20, 2012 Locally Led in Developing Areas
(recording unavailable)
Ada CD, ID
Westmoreland CD, PA
October 18, 2012 Lawn and the Environment
(recording unavailable)
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Ohio Federation of SWCD, OH
November 15, 2012 NPDES Phase II Requirements – Outreach
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Water, DC
Dutchess SWCD, NY
December 20, 2012 NPDES Phase II Requirements – Implementation
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Water, DC
Elkhart SWCD, IN
January 17, 2013 Clean Water State Revolving Fund and NonPoint Source Pollution
(recording unavailable)
EPA Office of Wastewater Mgt, DC
Spokane CD, WA
February 21, 2013 Districts’ Role in Urban Farming
(recording unavailable)
Pierce CD, WA
March 21, 2013 Illinois Urban Manual: A Model for Technical Standards
(recording unavailable)
Association of Illinois SWCD, IL
North Cook, Kane-DuPage, and Kendall SWCDs, IL
April 18, 2013 Land Evaluation Site Assessment (LESA)
(recording unavailable)
NRCS National Soil Survey Center, NE
Dutchess SWCD, NY
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, MN
Snohomish CD, WA
August 15, 2013 Infiltration of Rain Gardens
(recording unavailable)
Kitsap CD, WA
Cass County SCD, ND
September 19, 2013 Green Infrastructure at the Local Level
(recording unavailable)
The Conservation Fund
Whatcom CD, WA

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.

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

Additional Webinars

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 Whitney Forman-Cook. 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 will award grants to 20 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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