Technical Assistance

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 →

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 →

Grazing Assistance and Youth Outreach in Washington County, Tennessee

By Katrina Vaitkus Through NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grants, the Washington County Soil Conservation District in Tennessee has been able to boost its technical assistance programs to landowners, improve its office functions, and continue work on its outreach programs. [caption id="attachment_36518" align="alignleft" width="378"] Maggie Swonger measuring forage height.[/caption] When the district received its first grant…… Continue reading →

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