NACD Forestry RPG 2020 Webinar Series Recordings

The NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) hosted a series of seven webinars in August 2020. Each 50-minute Zoom session covered a topic relevant to conservation district forestry. Session descriptions and a link to view the webinars is posted below.

A closer look at American Tree Farm System (ATFS) standards

The American Forest Foundation has proposed changes to American Tree Farm System standards. This session explores how those changes affect small woodland owners, particularly in the northeast region.

Presenters: Jasen Stock, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association; Leigh Peters, Certification Manager for the American Forest Foundation; Kayti Brinkman, Northern Regional Manager for the American Tree Farm System

Moderated by Linda Brownson, NACD Forestry RPG Northeast Region Representative.

Supporting the NWTF National Forestry Initiative

In a number of states, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) foresters are part of multi-partner efforts that include conservation districts. In recent years, with funding from NRCS, the number of NWTF foresters has grown, and with it, a need for support and collaboration.

Presenters: Mike Mitchener, NWTF National Forestry Initiative Coordinator; Mark Hatfield, NWTF National Director of Conservation Services

Moderated by Gary Blair, NACD Executive Board Member.

Making the case for strong forest economies

A healthy wood products market helps allow for healthy forests. Conservation districts and state associations are well positioned to educate legislators and community leaders on how the two are linked.

Presenters: Joe Fox, Arkansas State Forester; Kyle Fredrickson, District Technician – Forester for Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District

Moderated by John McAlpine, NACD Forestry RPG South Central Region Representative.

Mastering the message

How conservation districts connect with landowners and communicate with community leaders is critical in their ability to have an impact on the land. This session explores what has worked (and not worked) and how to better prepare conservation district professionals for those conversations.

Presenters: Brittany VanderWall, District Forester with the Presque Isle Conservation District; Crystal Kellebrew, Education Coordinator for Campbell County Conservation District

Moderated by Tom Crowe, NACD Forestry RPG North Central Region Representative.

Is biochar a growth area for conservation districts?

A number of conservation districts have been involved in the production and use of biochar, which is believed to enhance soil health. This session provides insight on the product and its uses and how conservation districts may become involved.

Presenters: Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates; Charlotte Trowbridge, Conservation Education Program Manager for Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Moderated by Mike Beacom, NACD Forestry RPG Staff.

Conservation districts provide a boost to pre-fire efforts

This session examines how conservation districts are helping communities reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through planning, partnering and implementation.

Presenter: Robb Sgroi, Land Resources Specialist for Teton Conservation District; Azalie Welsh, Forest Health Project Coordinator for Trinity County Resource Conservation District; Kelly Sheen, District Manager for Trinity County Resource Conservation District

Moderated by Jennifer Hart, NACD Forestry RPG Southwest Region Representative.

How conservation districts can support female forest landowners

Data suggests women are a growing demographic among forest landowners. Groups like Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) aim to support female forest landowners. This session discusses ways conservation districts may help.

Presenters: Linda Brownson, NACD Executive Board; Lynn Bahrych, Washington State Soil Health Committee co-chair

Moderated by Doug Rushton, NACD Forestry RPG Pacific Region Representative.

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