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Westmoreland Conservation District Highlights BMPs in Special Web Portfolio

By Katrina Stacey In Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, the Westmoreland Conservation District has been working diligently to install best management practices and green infrastructure in the community. These projects, implemented with the help of local partners including local municipalities, school districts, watershed organizations, farmers and the Westmoreland County Community College, have made great strides in preventing… Continue reading →

SWCD helping to restore bottomland in Indiana

Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) may be putting the town of Southport, Indiana back on the map through conservation efforts that include replanting acres of bottomland. “This is great for forest management and forest restoration education,” Owen County SWCD Executive Director Devin Brown said. “There are several different types of plantings to… Continue reading →

NRD helping Nebraska achieve tree planting objectives

With Nebraska Forest Service reporting an 18 percent average loss in tree canopy across communities in the state, the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (NRD) is reaching out to landowners and partnering with other agencies to replant its lost trees. “It’s hard to identify a single cause. I’d call it a chronic problem,” Upper… Continue reading →

CARCD Celebrates Pollinator Week with a Focus on the Western Monarch Butterfly

By Nancy Wahl-Scheurich The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) is celebrating its busiest Pollinator Week ever, managing several programs that support creation, preservation, and enhancement of monarch butterfly habitat on working lands in California.  The western monarch butterfly population has declined over 99 percent in the past 20 years. Western monarch counts in… Continue reading →

Oak Restoration Project Helps Landowners Give Back to the Land

Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) landowners are lining up to participate in what some might consider an “alternative” forestry effort: removing valuable Douglas fir to restore Oregon white oak and its wildlife habitat. The SWCD recently was awarded a second round of funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with the goal… Continue reading →

New York SWCD Planting Riparian Buffers to Enhance Water Quality

The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in New York is using different state funding mechanisms to implement projects, including planting nearly 60 acres of riparian buffers to preserve and enhance water quality across several watersheds. “Buffers are one of the most cost-effective conservation practices we can utilize,” Schuyler County SWCD Manager Jerry… Continue reading →

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