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RCPP allows districts to implement a variety of forestry practices

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently awarded more than $200 million to groups through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), including at least nine conservation districts. The Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) in Pennsylvania will match its $2.23 million RCPP funding with about $2.3 million in partner contributions to implement agricultural best management practices…… Continue reading →

SWCD fighting forest invasives through Good Neighbor Authority

The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and the U.S. Forest Service to manage invasive species through Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The district has five shovel-ready projects identified and hopes to begin prioritizing efforts in May, Madison County SWCD Director…… Continue reading →

Mushroom workshops help engage landowners

Forester Nia Becker (pictured below) with the Clare Conservation District (CD) in Harrison, Mich., is using her expertise in cultivating mushrooms to increase landowner interest in land management and district programs in Michigan. Earlier this year, Becker presented “The Magic of Mushrooms: Engaging Landowners with Their Passions” at the American Forest Foundation (AFF) National Leadership…… Continue reading →

RCD efforts helping forests to recover, restock

California’s Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is joining forces with county, state and federal agencies to implement fuels reduction, reforestation and biomass utilization projects. The RCD has combined two grants – totaling more than $3 million – to put toward that effort, which will impact nearly 3,000 acres of forestland, in some cases with…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: G. Michael Zupko

G. Michael Zupko is the executive director of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), an intergovernmental committee of federal, state, tribal and local officials convened by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Homeland Security dedicated to consistent implementation of wildland fire policies, goals and management activities. Prior to this position, he advised the Southern…… Continue reading →

Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Forum Series: Forum on Wildfire Mitigation and Resilience

Leading the Discussion on the Future of Mitigation and Infrastructure Resilience in Sacramento, California Join key policymakers, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local emergency managers and disaster officials from the region, and leading stakeholders from the insurance and infrastructure industries for the second forum in the Disaster Mitigation and Resilience…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD is spearheading beech tree research project

Maine’s Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working with Universities of Maine in Presque Isle and Fort Kent to combat neonectria and repopulate forest beech trees. “Beech trees play such an important part in Maine's forest ecosystem,” Central Aroostook SWCD Executive Director Randy Martin said. “Aside from the fact that it is a…… Continue reading →

SWCD shares experiences using FEMA grant

The Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in New Mexico is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) near wildfire-ravaged areas across the state through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. "It is a long, detailed process," District Manager Dierdre Tarr said. "But worth the time and effort." “It’s a learning curve where you…… Continue reading →

Washington State district helps update community resource handbook

The Cascadia Conservation District (CD) in Wenatchee, Wash., partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and nearly a dozen other Washington State agencies to update the Chelan County Good Neighbor Handbook, a 36-page guide for property owners, newcomers and residents. “We all recognize the partnerships, collaboration and efficiency that is gained through a joint outreach effort…… Continue reading →

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