Sherburne SWCD expands EAB detection partnerships

The Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with new agencies and using the power of volunteers to ensure forest health in Minnesota. Sherburne SWCD held two volunteer training sessions this year to recruit community members to assist in pruning trees and observing woodpeckers for early emerald ash borer (EAB) detection, the fifth…… Continue reading →

Minnesota SWCD battles oak wilt

Minnesota’s Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is awaiting legislative approval for a grant that would allow the district to treat oak wilt along the northwestern edge of the disease in Minnesota before it strikes state forestland. “This area is a strategic spot to control oak wilt,” state Department of Natural Resources (DNR)…… Continue reading →

Alabama field day helps educate hundreds

Thanks to its relationship with Saloom Properties LLC, Conecuh County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is able to educate Alabama landowners about a variety of programs available for their forestland. Conecuh County SWCD coordinated with Saloom Tree Farms to hold a field day in September that drew more than 300 people on a rainy…… Continue reading →

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 →

District provides much needed post-fire support

Washington’s Cascadia Conservation District (CCD) is working with landowners and other partners on wildfire recovery efforts to mitigate the after-effects of wildfires. In December 2018, the conservation district gathered federal, state and local partners to hold a workshop focusing on post-wildfire recovery efforts from August’s Cougar Creek Fire that burned more than 45,000 acres. Fire…… Continue reading →

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