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Oregon SWCD organizes biochar workshops

The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is listening to Oregon landowners and catering to a growing interest in biochar. “There’s talk among landowners that there’s a lack of information and people to walk you through the process and give you best practices, so we jumped on it pretty fast,” District Conservation Education Program Manager…… Continue reading →

NRDs working with Nebraska Forest Service to renovate windbreaks

Natural Resources Districts (NRD) are teaming with the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to address declining forests and windbreaks across the state with a $4.3 million grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The grant allows the Nebraska Forest Restoration Partnership to provide financial assistance to agricultural producers…… Continue reading →

California districts team up to create a statewide forestry committee

California is taking steps to streamline forestry management efforts and projects across the state by combining two committees into one. It has taken about two years, but members of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts’ (CARCD) Forest Management Committee combined with the statewide Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee to create the Joint CARCD Forestry and…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD workshop caters to female forest landowners

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Maine is working with women to ensure they have the skills necessary to manage the state's forestland. In the past three years of developing and modifying the Chainsaw Safety for Women workshop, the conservation district has offered four sessions, three solely for women, and another…… Continue reading →

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 →

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