Forestry Notes

Forestry RPG learns about island forestry and post-storm recovery

Last week, the NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) held its annual summer meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The group was joined by federal partners representing the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Association of State Foresters, National Agroforestry Center and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as agency partners…… Continue reading →

Grant helps conservation district improve water quality

Pennsylvania’s Centre County Conservation District (CCCD) is using a Growing Greener grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to establish forest buffers and protect thousands of feet of streambank, which will improve water quality and agriculture practices throughout seven watersheds. CCCD was awarded just under $1.7 million to conduct 10 projects in nine townships,…… Continue reading →

Mississippi districts, NWTF help to educate the next generation

Mississippi conservation districts are working with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to educate youth and encourage conservation measures and interest in wildlife habitat management. NWTF has helped conservation districts organize conservation and hunting field days geared toward youth in Stone, Jackson, George, Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River Counties. “This gives us a good opportunity…… Continue reading →

Wyoming district helps restore streambank, improve fish habitat

Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Conservation District and the Brush Creek-Hayden U.S. Forest Service Ranger District have been working with other agencies and organizations to improve aquatic habitats by removing or modifying in-channel barriers and stabilizing riverbanks. The project began in 2011 on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and included collaboration with Christina Barrineau with the Wyoming…… Continue reading →

Wyoming district and partners work to reduce fuel loads

Campbell County Conservation District (CD) is partnering with the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address two key issues: thinning forests to make stands more resilient to insects and diseases, such as the mountain pine beetle, and reducing fuel loads to restrict wildfire damage and improve wildlife habitat. “When…… Continue reading →

New England Leadership Meeting focuses on forestry

The New England Leadership Meeting (NELM) met Mar. 25-26 at Wentworth by the Sea in Portsmouth, N.H., bringing together conservation leaders from the six New England states. NELM has been meeting annually since the 1960s and is a special occasion for conservation districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to discuss current resource concerns,…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Congressman Bruce Westerman

Congressman Bruce Westerman is serving his third term as representative from the fourth district of Arkansas. He serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he is Ranking Member of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. Westerman graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science…… Continue reading →

Minnesota SWCD battles oak wilt

Minnesota’s Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is awaiting legislative approval for a grant that would allow the district to treat oak wilt along the northwestern edge of the disease in Minnesota before it strikes state forestland. “This area is a strategic spot to control oak wilt,” state Department of Natural Resources (DNR)…… Continue reading →

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