Appreciating the “dance” of forest soil health management

Carl Struck and Johanne Riddick’s Ponderosa restoration effort in New Mexico has grown into a diverse, robust ecosystem. Recently, Struck and Riddick have been recognized as NACD Soil Health Champions for their work. “Our initial management goals did not include supporting and increasing soil health,” Struck said. “The condition of the soils came into focus…… Continue reading →

Maine Conservation Districts Make Good Use of Demonstration Forests

By Linda Brownson Maine conservation districts make good use of demonstration forests and provide high value to landowners and communities.  Located in York, Oxford, Somerset and Piscataquis counties, these sites demonstrate best forestry management practices, active timber management, forest ecology and responsible stewardship, while also providing educational tools for students, private woodland owners and professional…… Continue reading →

Webinar helps educate conservation professionals about silvopasture

More than 100 New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and soil and water conservation district (SWCD) staff tuned into a silvopasture webinar in February. Silvopasture is one of the five recognized agroforestry practices. “Historically, as foresters, we were trained to keep livestock out of the woods,” New York NRCS Forester Mike Fournier said. “Silvopasture…… Continue reading →

Portal helping districts monitor resource concerns including wildfire

Through a cooperative agreement between the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Timmons Group has partnered with AACD and NRCS to develop the ConserveAZ Portal, a system to assist Arizona’s conservation districts and NRCS to better identify resource conservation needs and concerns to develop conservation plans; monitor…… Continue reading →

SWCDs join forces to expand forestry educational programs

Lincoln, Gaston and Mecklenberg Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) joined forces to open a forest to the public in North Carolina for forestry and SWCD educational programs, an effort that resulted in state funding for the project. In 2011, through a partnership with the North Carolina Association of SWCDs (NCASWCD) and the state forestry…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Paul DeLong

Paul DeLong is senior vice president for the American Tree Farm System & Conservation at the American Forest Foundation (AFF). He supports a talented team of conservationists working with partners to administer the nearly 20 million-acre Tree Farm program, and implement projects on family-owned forest lands designed to protect drinking water supplies, at-risk wildlife, and…… Continue reading →

Pierce CD participates in carbon credit forestry program

The Pierce Conservation District (CD) in Washington is participating in a unique program that will establish urban forestry carbon credits for a county that is home to nearly a million people. In a pilot program funded through a grant from the Boeing Company to non-profit carbon registry and certification organization City Forest Credits, the conservation…… Continue reading →

RCDs play key role in forest health incentive program

In California’s North Bay, resource conservation districts (RCDs) have partnered with Rebuild North Bay Foundation and the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center to form the North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP) to help non-industrial forest landowners with less than 500 acres implement fuels treatments and forest restoration projects on their properties. NBFIP is being launched…… Continue reading →

Ready, Set, Go!

By Katrina Stacey In 2011, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) launched the Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program. The vision for the program is to provide tools, resources and a platform for fire and emergency response agencies to engage their community in both preparing before and during a wildland fire. The RSG! program can…… Continue reading →

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