Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations (PDF) - April 2013
This report from 25x25' presents a variety of pathways for building and strengthening resilience to climate change in our nation's agriculture and forestry system in the areas of research, production systems and practices, risk management, decision tools, and outreach. Rather than being offered as a definitive set of adaptation recommendations, the report is intended as the beginning of a national dialogue on the steps needed to prepare for an uncertain future.
Certainty Programs for Landowners and Producers (PDF) - September 2012
This report explores four state-based programs that seek to improve water quality and provide agricultural producers and landowners some degree of regulatory certainty for adopting best-management practices in their operations. State certification programs have enrolled thousands of agricultural producers in several states. Programs in Michigan, New York, Louisiana and Texas have common ground in several areas.
Large Landscape Conservation 7-5-12 (PDF) - July 2012
This paper explores the potential advantages and successes of large landscape conservation initiatives nationwide and examines some of the challenges of this approach to addressing multiple conservation goals.
Chesapeake's Conservation Challenge: Much Has Been Accomplished, More to be Done (PDF) - July 2012
An analysis of lessons learned from efforts to improve the health of America's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay
Rangelands Survey - March 2012
NACD Maps Version (PDF) | USFS Maps Version (PDF)
At the end of calendar year 2010, NACD entered into a working relationship with the U.S. Forest Service's Rangelands Management Office. As part of this partnership, the two organizations developed a survey to gauge the rangeland and pastureland work being accomplished by conservation districts around the country.
Conservation Benefits: Putting Value Where It Belongs(PDF) - April 2011
Efforts to attach economic value to conservation are focusing new attention on the full range of costs and benefits associated with conservation work done across the country. Researchers, government agencies and the private sector are all engaged in various activities designed to tie market values more closely to conservation work. This report, "Conservation Benefits: Putting Value Where It Belongs," serves as a survey of efforts to focus on the economic value of conservation practices and systems on America's private lands. Click here to read a two-page summary.
Conservation Districts—Your Community's Gateway to Natural Resource Conservation (PDF) - April 2010
In a world of varied government programs, comprehensive legislation and broader focuses on national issues, everyone can agree on one thing: no single program, piece of legislation or single issue can fully address the needs of local communities across the country. This is especially true of natural resource conservation. Learn more about how conservation districts can lead the charge to ensure the natural resource concerns of their local communities are fully addressed.
Conservation Recipes for the 21st Century (PDF) - March 2010
Changing land use and demographics in rural America and changing trends in agriculture and forestry have resulted in a more diverse client base and have created heightened demands for conservation products and services. This report outlines opportunities for providing services to a broader array of customers and providing more complex information than ever before. The report was created in partnership with NRCS.
The USDA Farm Bill: What is in it for Woodland Owners (PDF) - January 2010
The 2008 Farm Bill greatly expanded opportunities for woodland owners to participate in many more USDA programs. A broad coalition of forestry partners worked to expand this legislation and has now produced this guide to assist woodland owners understand the maze of technical and financial assistance programs.
Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats (PDF) - Winter 2009
By working to improve our environment, everyone can develop good habits that will last a lifetime and also inspire others around them. This feature story provides basic as well as additional supportive information and highlights how conservation districts can help create a healthy habitat for the area you inhabit.
Low Impact Development: Put a 'LID' on it (PDF) - Fall 2009
Low impact development (LID) is considered by many as a more resource-friendly alternative to conventional stormwater practices. Read our feature story from the Fall 2009 edition of the Resource to learn about LID and districts’ roles.
Establishing Relationships with Lawmakers (PDF) –Summer 2009
A key to having the greatest impact when participating in grassroots advocacy is building relationships with lawmakers and their staff. Lawmakers are always interested in hearing from constituents, and conservation district officials possess a great deal of influence and credibility related to natural resource programs. This feature story includes some valuable resources that can be used to develop and maintain strong relationships with decision makers at all levels.
Markets, Trading, and Credits: New Opportunities for Conservation Districts (PDF) –Spring 2009
Market-based conservation quantifies economic values for natural resource conservation and utilizes an economic driver for implementation of conservation practices. Many of these emerging markets involve conservation practices that conservation districts have been helping landowners implement for years practices that provide clean water, clean air and wildlife habitat. This feature story explores possible market-based conservation opportunities for districts.
Market-Based Conservation Initiatives White Paper (PDF) –February 2009
Market-based solutions to natural resource challenges are emerging as new tools for public and private entities seeking improvements in air, soil and water quality. This paper seeks to offer insights on market-based engagement opportunities for conservation districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field staff and other interested conservation practitioners. While market-based initiatives are not magic bullets in and of themselves, they can be important additions to existing strategies and initiatives.
Districts Thriving in Challenging Times (PDF) - Winter 2008
Listening to the news, some say our country is facing its most challenging times. But conservation districts are familiar with challenge. This resource features a group of stories that briefly demonstrates how districts have continued to lead the way in conserving natural resources for our future, the real foundation of our country. At the same time they serve as an inspiration to us all to get the job done no matter what.
Outreach and Communication, Making the Connection Count (PDF) - Fall 2008
Communicating the availability of, need for and successes of conservation districts is one of the most important things a conservation district is tasked with. This feature story gives several tools to make your district’s and state association’s communication and outreach efforts count.
Time to Talk: Who Will Own the Family Woodlands? (PDF) –November 2008
Published with the November 2008 edition of Forestry Notes, this four-page guide was designed for families to use to talk about the next generation of ownership of America’s woodlands.
Our Land, Our Water: Case Studies in Local Successes (PDF) – November 2008
This report highlights 25 watershed or community scale projects led by districts and demonstrates the value of locally led conservation on a range of natural resource challenges. Available in 5.9MB Acrobat format, the 56-page publication was produced by NACD in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Partnering for Wildlife Feature Story (PDF) – September/October 2007
In addition to traditional partners, many other groups are eager to team up with districts to make improvements on private land that lead to increased wildlife habitat. They offer a smorgasbord of resources including funding, equipment and greater visibility. Read our September/October 2007 feature story today to learn about a handful of partners you can work with.
Conservation Districts' Role in Implementing National Fire Plan (PDF) – May 2007
This publication takes a second look at the role of conservation districts in implementing the Fire Plan. The booklet, available in Acrobat format, was produced by NACD in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and US Department of Interior to provide conservation districts with a tool to motivate and educate your communities and help mitigate the dangerous impacts of wildland fires in your areas.
Energy Conservation Opportunities in Agriculture (PDF) – May 2007
The goal of this report is to help raise awareness among producers about the energy conservation opportunities by highlighting how today's agricultural producers are changing farming and ranching practices to conserve energy, reduce consumption and generate energy from renewable sources.
Homegrown Energy: America's New Power Plants (PDF) – 2007
The way we farm is rapidly changing rural America and agricultural policy must adapt to new social, economic and environmental forces. Leading the way are clean, renewable biofuels. This report discusses renewable energy and the role of agriculture and producers in this rapidly changing energy industry.
Renewable Energy (PDF) – November/December 2006
This News and Views centerspread is all about renewable energy. It explores the different sources of renewable energy and its future potential as well as stories of districts who are working with renewable energy.
Working Together: Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands (PDF )– December 2005
NACD and a number of partners worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to compile a “wildlife toolbox” brochure titled Working Together: Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands. From explanations of Habitat Conservation Plans to a definition of Safe Harbor agreements, this publication provides a “must-have” knowledge base for private landowners.
Conservation Marketplace – May/June 2003
This report addresses how market-driven approaches to conservation can stimulate new areas of innovation and flexibility by utilizing market forces to achieve environmental improvements. Trading provides incentives to sellers to provide more environmental protection measures than legally required and allows buyers to achieve compliance in a way that is faster and less expensive than the ultimate facility upgrade that might be necessary for a regulated entity. Learn how agriculture and conservation can help provide the solution and benefit in the process.
Conservation Innovations Task Force (CITF) Report (PDF) –December 2003
This report reflects the findings of the Conservation Innovations Task Force, which was comprised of members from NACD and partner organizations and agencies. The group met on November 13, 2003 in Washington, D.C. to brainstorm about emerging issues of importance to the National Conservation Partnership. Included in this report are the Task Force’s findings and recommendations.
Bioenergy: Power for Agriculture and Conservation – January 2002
This report addresses the increasing demand for environmentally friendly energy sources and bioproducts by providing an overview of biomass: what it is, its different forms and why it is important. It also explains the opportunities biomass creates for agriculture and the conservation partnership.
The Conservation Delivery System at Work: Developing cutting edge research in soil carbon storage
This article discusses the importance of carbon storage to soil and the atmosphere as well as the purpose behind carbon soil projects, such as those conducted in Iowa and Nebraska. The goal of this research is to provide a clearer understanding of how agriculture can provide a solution to global climate change while simultaneously improving soil and water quality.
Water Quality Fact Sheets
Six fact sheets have been produced as part of a cooperative project with the US Environmental Protection Agency to help conservation districts and their partners in their efforts to reduce nonpoint and point pollution to improve the quality of the water in our nation’s streams and waterbodies.
Forestry Notes Special Reports
NACD's works with the Forestry Service to Produce the monthly newsletter Forestry Notes. Periodically an issue of special interest is highlighted in in a 4-page insert called a Special Report and included with the newsletter. These informative inserts are valuable sources of information and are each stand alone publications.