Nebraska, The Tree Planters’ State

Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are government entities with a unique responsibility to protect the state's natural resources. The boundaries of the 23 NRDs are based on the major river basins in Nebraska, which allows them to respond to local conservation and resource management needs. NRDs throughout the state work with landowners and partners to…… Continue reading →

Deschutes SWCD Leverages Resources to Deliver on Local Soil Health, Fire Resilience, and Irrigation Water Management Goals

From extreme drought conditions, forest pest population booms, the resultant wildland mega-fires, depleted soil systems and water resources, Deschutes County, OR is no stranger to the complex and challenging resource concerns that impact so many transitional landscapes. Nestled along the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain Range, the county boundary extends from forested mountain landscapes…… Continue reading →

Newaygo Conservation District Tree Nursery

Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry, NACD and partners can better support conservation districts and their work with private forest landowners. The cooperative agreement allows for broader partnership engagement and helps support the production of Forestry Notes, NACD’s monthly forestry newsletter that promotes conservation…… Continue reading →

Spokane Conservation District Addresses Education, Inequality, and Fire Mitigation through Urban Forestry Initiatives

The importance of urban forests is becoming increasingly apparent. Lowered heat island effect, greater well-being, and lower utility costs just being a few advantages. The Spokane Conservation District (SCD) in Washington has been involved in forestry work for decades but began increasing its scope to include urban forest issues about 16 years ago. Its wide…… Continue reading →

Conservation District Forester Spotlight: Rob Walker

In this Conservation District Forester Spotlight, meet Rob Walker, conservation forester for Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation Districts (BLVCD) in north central Colorado. Robert shares about the importance of building relationships with landowners and the rewards of completing forest restoration projects. Question: If you traced your interest back to its roots, what triggered your passion for…… Continue reading →

Conservation District Forester Spotlight: Ellie Johnson

In this Conservation District Forester Spotlight, meet Ellie Johnson, the forester for Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Conservation Districts in Michigan. Ellie has been in her role for a year and answered questions about her experience so far. Question: If you traced your interest back to its roots, what triggered your passion for forestry? Answer:…… Continue reading →

Wyoming District Addresses Pine Beetle and Fire Threats

[caption id="attachment_47685" align="alignright" width="250"] Forest management in treatment areas that deterred the mountain pine beetle, as opposed to the outside areas that were not managed and shows red/yellow infested trees (photo credit Ben Wutdke)[/caption] A decade ago, Wyoming was facing a crisis. Wyoming was experiencing a severe mountain pine beetle epidemic that was quickly turning…… Continue reading →

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