Revisiting the Role of Conservation Districts and Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)

In 2020, NACD featured the Skagit County Conservation District and their efforts to revise their 2008 county-wide CWPP. The District led the revision effort and included updates to their Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP), working with the community and community partners like the Department of Emergency Management, county officials, and state and federal partners. This June,…… Continue reading →

Woman Owned Woodlands and Developing the Next Generation of Forest Landowners

Woman Owned Woodlands and Developing the Next Generation of Forest Landowners is a resource for women landowners and forest stewards. According to their website, "The Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners and forest practitioners through news articles, blogs, events, resources, and personal stories.…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD coordinates Arbor Day event for elementary students

Maine’s Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District helped coordinate a tree planting event on Arbor Day with elementary students from Lisbon Community School. “We planned a full schedule so all students would have time to be outside, learn about their local forest ecosystem, and participate in planting a native tree,” said Emma Lorusso, Androscoggin…… Continue reading →

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Coalition provides resources to forest farmers

By Mike Beacom The Appalachia Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC) is connecting forest farmers (both new and experienced) with one another across the East Coast, as well as supporting agencies and programs to enhance and grow the agroforestry practice. The coalition provides members with a network of resources including in-depth, multiday training and technical resources…… Continue reading →

Local Residents Help Maine SWCD Track Street Trees

Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnered with neighborhood residents to establish a tree inventory in Houlton, Maine, which will guide the district in future street tree diversity and help increase tree canopy. The idea grew three years ago when District Manager Angie Wotton was talking with residents over coffee, and talk turned…… Continue reading →

Funding Helps Oregon SWCD Conduct Fuels Treatments

Oregon’s Grant Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is using a $1.6 million state grant to assess and treat about 23,000 acres of range and forest lands in an effort to reduce wildfire risk in the John Day watershed. “Overall, the fires we’re seeing in the West are getting to be more catastrophic, and I…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Mark Megalos

          Mark Megalos, Executive Director National Woodland Owners Association Mark Megalos became the National Woodland Owners Association’s (NWOA) executive director in 2021 after having spent the previous decade in academia, serving as a professor in the College of Natural Resources through North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Prior to that, Megalos had a…… Continue reading →

RCD Helping Bring Community Forest to Life

The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is carrying out a local man’s vision to expand a grove of Coast Redwoods into a community forest. “We’ve been marginally involved the past couple of years – Paul’s (Asmuth) been talking with our forester – and last year we were brought in for this large volunteer event,”…… Continue reading →

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