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Shared Leadership for Wildfire Protection in Teton County

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_37948" align="alignright" width="486"] Photo by Florence McCall Photography, Little Horsethief Fire, Jackson, Wyo., 2012[/caption] In Teton County, Wyoming, forested lands are a major part of the landscape. In 1988, as the Yellowstone Fires raged in three states, the county realized those devastating fires could happen at home. To work to prevent…… Continue reading →

Watershed program allows Minnesota district to address woodland objectives

The Root River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Minnesota is using Watershed Conservation Planning Initiative (WCPI) funds to expand landowner projects, including into wooded areas. WCPI aims to increase Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)'s and SWCDs’ ability to work with landowners on conservation planning. The initiative is funded through a three-year, $3…… Continue reading →

SWCD helping Charlotte, N.C. achieve tree canopy mission

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is helping to shape policy for tree canopy conservation in North Carolina. Earlier this year, the city of Charlotte created a Tree Canopy Action Plan Stakeholder team in response to public outcry to a tree ordinance amendment. Mecklenburg SWCD already works closely with the city’s Stormwater Committee,…… Continue reading →

Conservation districts helping to update CWPPs

Conservation districts (CD) like Skagit and San Juan Islands CD in Washington State are partnering with local, state and federal agencies to update decades-old Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP). The U.S. Forest Service has guidelines for updating CWPPs, but the process is left up to the local groups coordinating the effort. That can present both…… Continue reading →

Somerset County SWCD explores the benefits of woodland pollinators

The Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Maine is exploring the benefits of incorporating woodland pollinators into forest management planning efforts. The conservation district leases a 280-acre parcel from the state of Maine to use as a demonstration forest, providing workshops for state and federal agency staff, private landowners and the public.…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Craig Rawlings

Craig Rawlings has more than 40 years of experience in the forest products industry. He has operated several successful construction and forest product-related businesses, and since 2009, has served as president and CEO of Forest Business Network, which specializes in forest product business news and consultation. Based in Montana, Rawlings is recognized as one of…… Continue reading →

Woodland owners learn benefits of pollinator diversity

Most landowners are familiar with pollinators – the most common, of course, is the honeybee – but there are many other pollinators, and woodland owners are starting to learn about the benefits of broadening the pollinator profile. While honeybees account for approximately 75 percent of crop plant pollination and many tree species count on wind…… Continue reading →

Oregon district conducts woodland pollinator research

The West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Oregon is working with landowners to find ways to manage invasive species in understory with plantings that improve forest health. They are also working to broaden how landowners view pollinators through outreach and ongoing research. “Woodland owners are aware of the importance of wildlife habitat,"…… Continue reading →

King CD’s grants support pollinator and forestry stewardship

Conservation districts are including woodlands as a critical asset to establishing and maintaining varied pollinators when working with landowners and assisting local organizations. The King Conservation District (CD) in Washington is one of few conservation districts in the country that awards millions of dollars in grants every year. The district funds conservation practices, such as the…… Continue reading →

RCPP grant helps Oregon SWCD restore oak habitat

The Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Oregon is partnering with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to protect ancestral lands and implement forest management practices with a $1.7 million grant awarded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)'s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The efforts aim to enhance and restore Oregon…… Continue reading →

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