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Fuel Reduction Strategies in Montana

By Katrina Vaitkus In Golden Valley and Musselshell counties, wildfires are a common occurrence. However, as with many areas this year, these counties have seen increased activity. Just a few months ago, the area battled the Bobcat Fire, which grew to over 30,000 acres before it was contained. To reduce wildfire risk and help landowners…… Continue reading →

Providing Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_38359" align="alignleft" width="391"] Montgomery County SWCD, a S.T.A.R. Licensee, held a farm tour in 2019 to a 4-STAR field in which a multi-species cover crop mix was growing. Gundy attended and presented S.T.A.R. to farmers and technical advisors.[/caption] In Champaign County, Illinois, one of the major natural resource issues is water…… Continue reading →

Showcasing Conservation Despite In-Person Tour Restrictions

By Katrina Vaitkus The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has undoubtedly altered the day-to-day practices of conservation districts across the nation; however, conservation does not stop. The Northeast Elko Conservation District in Nevada found an innovative way to keep its annual Shoesole Resource Management Group Tour on the calendar and continue their important outreach work. With a…… Continue reading →

SWCD helping Charlotte, N.C. achieve tree canopy mission

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is helping to shape policy for tree canopy conservation in North Carolina. Earlier this year, the city of Charlotte created a Tree Canopy Action Plan Stakeholder team in response to public outcry to a tree ordinance amendment. Mecklenburg SWCD already works closely with the city’s Stormwater Committee,…… Continue reading →

Teaming Up for Technical Assistance in Northern Florida

By Katrina Vaitkus In northern Florida where the primary natural resource concerns are water quantity and quality, technical assistance is key to helping producers address those concerns. The Suwannee County Soil and Water Conservation District, through NACD Technical Assistance Grants, has been crucial in boosting technical assistance capacity in the area. Not only has the…… Continue reading →

Bridging the Gap with an NACD Technical Assistance Grant

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_37139" align="alignleft" width="377"] Knable-Thompson assisting a customer at a district booth.[/caption] In 2018, thanks to a 2018 NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grant, the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Indiana hired a program support technician to help with a variety of conservation planning and practices. However, when applying…… Continue reading →

Engineering Support Through an NACD Technical Assistance Grant

By Katrina Vaitkus Thanks to NACD Technical Assistance Grants, Shavano Conservation District (SCD) in Montrose, Colorado, was able to ease the engineering backlog in their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. David Olivero was brought on as an engineering technician with the district’s first grant in 2018 and was one of two engineering technicians…… Continue reading →

Technical Assistance in the Everglades Agricultural Area

By Katrina Vaitkus The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is an extremely environmentally sensitive area that loses approximately half an inch of soil every year. In this area, sugarcane and vegetable rotations are extremely prevalent, and unlike the rest of southern Florida, most of the soils are organic/muck soils. Here, irrigation water management plans are crucial…… Continue reading →

NACD Technical Assistance Grant Helps District Develop Watershed Plan

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_36554" align="alignleft" width="331"] The Warrior Run Watershed Team at the Warrior Run Breakfast: Janette Lesher, Axel Acevedo, Ashley Lenig, Pam Richardson, Brandon Ball, Ryan Cherwinski, Chanel Shambach and Graham Rhone[/caption] In 2018, the Warrior Run Watershed, located in the northern part of Northumberland County in Pennsylvania, was selected to be part…… Continue reading →

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