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Five ways conservation districts can assist CFP

From the application process to providing ongoing technical assistance, conservation districts have several opportunities to participate in the Community Forest Program at different levels. “I can see opportunities during the application process and beyond,” U.S. Forest Service National Program Specialist Margee Haines said. “These forests are a permanent resource for the community and actively managed… Continue reading →

District finds ways to assist CFP in Washington

A 2008 wildfire that began with a lightning strike on Mt. Adams and moved toward nearby rural communities sparked a movement to find innovative ways to address fire risk and protect forest health in the Mt. Adams area of southern Washington. Those conversations grew into the Mt. Adams Community Forest, which benefited from the Community… Continue reading →

Community Forest Program

Communities and private landowners across the country are embracing the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program), a program designed to manage private property for public access and the good of the community. The Community Forest Program complements conservation districts’ efforts to conserve and promote healthy environments, whether it… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: NIFA National Program Leader Eric Norland

Forestry Notes Q&A Eric Norland, National Program Leader National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Division of Environmental Systems Dr. Norland provides national leadership for forest resource management, forest sustainability and agroforestry research and extension programs; the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program, which provides funding to 73 land-grant institutions for Extension forest and rangeland… Continue reading →

2018 Farm Bill Breakdown: Urban Conservation

Urban agriculture is a small but growing sector of the agriculture industry. Urban producers face both challenges familiar to any farmer, like accessing land and credit, as well as challenges unique to the urban setting – like soil contamination. The 2018 Farm Bill included several provisions designed to increase urban agricultural production and tackle challenges… Continue reading →

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