Massachusetts Town Forest Conference (Ashland, MA)

We are excited to announce the Massachusetts Town Forest Conference, a free event with registration and agenda available at The conference promotes collaboration between professionals and volunteers who manage community forests, including foresters, planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, non-profit organizations, and forest landowners. It recognizes local efforts to enhance the climate resilience…… Continue reading →

2019 Urban Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar

We often think of urban areas as dead zones for wildlife habitat. However, cities can play a surprising role in conserving monarchs and pollinators. In this webinar, we'll hear success stories and how you can get involved in conserving monarchs in cities from the Field Museum's Urban Monarch Conservation program, the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge,…… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts and the Sustainability Puzzle

Editor's note: This blog is the second part in a series. Click here to read the first installment. By Laura Demmel Agricultural sustainability could be defined as “natural resource stewardship practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1” Conservation districts work toward this goal…… Continue reading →

Bruce Brown and the importance of Forest Stewardship plans

By Mike Beacom Bruce Brown always wanted a tree farm. There was something appealing to him about walking among wildlife; seeing the land transform through the seasons. He also has forestland stewardship in his blood. In 1993, Bruce and his wife purchased 40 acres of hog pasture near the Brown family farm in southern Illinois. “You can’t…… Continue reading →

Stewardship Spotlight: Iowa Celebrates “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”

This year’s celebration of Soil and Water Stewardship Week (April 26-May 3) marked the 60th anniversary  of the event.  In celebration of this milestone Iowa Conservation Districts and other agriculture organizations held several events to celebrate this year’s theme: “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators.” A “Let’s Plant for Pollinators” workshop was held for gardeners,…… Continue reading →

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