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Maine SWCD is spearheading beech tree research project

Maine’s Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working with Universities of Maine in Presque Isle and Fort Kent to combat neonectria and repopulate forest beech trees. “Beech trees play such an important part in Maine's forest ecosystem,” Central Aroostook SWCD Executive Director Randy Martin said. “Aside from the fact that it is a… Continue reading →

SWCD shares experiences using FEMA grant

The Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in New Mexico is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) near wildfire-ravaged areas across the state through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. "It is a long, detailed process," District Manager Dierdre Tarr said. "But worth the time and effort." “It’s a learning curve where you… Continue reading →

Washington State district helps update community resource handbook

The Cascadia Conservation District (CD) in Wenatchee, Wash., partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and nearly a dozen other Washington State agencies to update the Chelan County Good Neighbor Handbook, a 36-page guide for property owners, newcomers and residents. “We all recognize the partnerships, collaboration and efficiency that is gained through a joint outreach effort… Continue reading →

Nebraska district combats forest decline with tree planting program

With varying weather extremes affecting the forestry landscape, the North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) in Scottsbluff, Neb., is working diversity and restoration into its 17 communities through the Free Trees for Fall Planting program. The district, in partnership with the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Trees for Nebraska Towns, has successfully… Continue reading →

PLT helps teachers, local SWCD connect students with environment

Virginia's Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working with teachers to expand conservation education opportunities within the Hanover County Public Schools district. Hanover-Caroline SWCD staff facilitated a Project Learning Tree (PLT) professional development program for teachers prior to the start of the school year to guide teachers on how to integrate environmental education… Continue reading →

Investing in Tomorrow: The NCF Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, we at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) are grateful for the tireless work of our volunteers throughout our network of conservation districts and local Envirothon programs. We know none of the work that NCF supports would be accomplished without you. Just look at what we have been accomplishing… Continue reading →

Conservation Innovation at the Forefront at NACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting

By Laura Demmel Innovations within the conservation space are happening all the time. From landscape planning tools, agriculture precision tools, remote sensing tools, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and seed and nutrient discoveries, technology is undoubtedly changing the way we deliver conservation on the ground.   The landscape of conservation innovation may rightly feel overwhelming… Continue reading →

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