State Forestry Agency Helps Provide Questions, Support

Earlier this year, Nebraska hosted the international Envirothon competition, which meant that Nebraska Forest Service participated in contributing questions in one of the four core areas: forestry. Coming up with questions can be a rigorous process. “We like to joke that it’s kind of a condensed version of an undergraduate degree,” said Nebraska Envirothon Committee…… Continue reading →

Forestry Q&A with Michael Crowder

        Michael Crowder President, NACD NACD President Michael Crowder manages farming operations in Illinois and Washington state and is actively involved in the management of his family’s third-generation farm in Indiana. For eight years, Crowder taught wetland restoration, wildlife science and ecology as an adjunct professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities. He…… Continue reading →

Helping Kids Understand the ‘Why’ of Forestry

For the Tillamook School District, located about 70 miles west of Portland, Oregon, Envirothon is almost a rite of passage when it comes to learning about forestry. “We’re a forestry community,” Tillamook High School Natural Resources Career Technical Education and Science Teacher Lori Loeffler said. “We have two mills in town, so these kids have…… Continue reading →

South Dakota Districts Pool Resources to Address EAB

Kingsbury Conservation District was recently awarded funding from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), Resource Conservation and Forestry Division for an urban forestry project to address the emerald ash borer (EAB). The insect was confirmed in the southeastern portion of the state in two counties in 2020, killing green ash in…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD Contributes to American Chestnut Research

Maine’s Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has partnered with the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation conducting research to bring back forest chestnut trees. “We have a huge bear population and a growing wild turkey population that rely heavily on nut-bearing trees to get through the winter,” Central Aroostook SWCD Executive…… Continue reading →

Friends of NACD District Grant Helps the Beaver County Conservation District Strengthen Community Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness

On Sept. 11, 2021, the Beaver County Conservation District in Oklahoma hosted a “Surviv’n Blazes Block Party” during the annual Beaver County Free Fair. The event attracted more than 100 attendees and was a celebration of wildfire recovery and resiliency following the “412 Wildfire” that blazed through the county on March 7, 2020. The event…… Continue reading →

King CD Efforts Aim to Improve Tree Canopy Numbers

As part of King Conservation District (KCD)’s interlocal agreement with King County, funding and staff time has been set aside to support urban forest health programming in municipalities throughout King County to address tree canopy decline in Washington and the inequitable distribution of urban forests and the benefits that they provide. “We’ve been able to…… Continue reading →

SWCD helping to restore bottomland in Indiana

Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) may be putting the town of Southport, Indiana back on the map through conservation efforts that include replanting acres of bottomland. “This is great for forest management and forest restoration education,” Owen County SWCD Executive Director Devin Brown said. “There are several different types of plantings to…… Continue reading →

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