Diamonds Out of the Dust: NACD’s 75th Anniversary

MACD Secures $3M in State Funding for Conservation Districts

This September, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) secured base operational funding from Michigan’s State Legislative budget for the first time in 12 years. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) awarded 169 grants totaling an estimated $9.7 million to 75 Michigan conservation districts (CDs) to implement voluntary conservation practices on private…… Continue reading →

Ohio Districts Host Music Festival for Water Conservation

Pickin’ at the Park, a bluegrass music festival, was created to raise awareness of the Caesar Creek watershed and water quality. It was hosted by Warren, Greene, and Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), who provide leadership to the Caesar Creek Collaborative (CCC). The CCC, whose mission is to improve and protect the…… Continue reading →

Westmoreland CD Relaunches Decades Old Flood Control Project in Jacobs Creek

Over 50 years ago, Westmoreland Conservation District (WCD) in Pennsylvania worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on a flood control project in Jacobs Creek. Floods were causing extensive damage to Scottdale and its surrounding areas, so a unique watershed-wide flood-control project (PL…… Continue reading →

Wasatch CD Improves Water Quality in the Wallburg Watershed

By Katrina Stacey In Wasatch County, Utah, Deer Creek Reservoir serves as the main drinking water source for 65 percent of all Utahans; however, water quality and other resource concerns have been identified by local landowners. Total maximum daily load (TMDL) and water quality studies showed that phosphorous loads in the reservoir were very high,…… Continue reading →

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 →

Maine Conservation Districts Make Good Use of Demonstration Forests

By Linda Brownson Maine conservation districts make good use of demonstration forests and provide high value to landowners and communities.  Located in York, Oxford, Somerset and Piscataquis counties, these sites demonstrate best forestry management practices, active timber management, forest ecology and responsible stewardship, while also providing educational tools for students, private woodland owners and professional…… Continue reading →

Westmoreland Conservation District awards Frye Family as 2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year

[caption id="attachment_43040" align="alignright" width="353"] Photo credit: Westmoreland Conservation District[/caption] The Westmoreland Conservation District (CD) in Westmoreland County, Pa., has been recognizing outstanding conservation farmers since 1953 with its annual "Conservation Farmer of the Year" Award. Each year, the CD's Board of Directors votes to choose the awardee based on recommendations provided by the district's agricultural…… Continue reading →

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