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NACD Blog: VESP means good stewardship in Vermont

The Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) is the first statewide stewardship program to use RSET.

NACD Blog: Voluntary conservation curbs the plague, boosts black-footed ferret numbers in the Southwest

Federal and state wildlife groups met north of Fort Collins, Colorado, at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center to celebrate the ways voluntary conservation and a new sylvatic plague vaccine are helping to bring the black-footed ferret back from the brink of extinction.

NACD Blog: Award-winning company in Maryland gives credit to CDs for success

A private sector partner to conservation districts in Maryland has been named in Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the top 5000 fastest growing private companies. Ecotone, Inc. was ranked #1834 overall and was named the #15 Top Environmental Services companies in the nation and #24 amongst Top Baltimore area companies.

Would water monitoring changes make Iowa lakes, rivers less safe? via The Des Moines Register

Iowa wants to make changes to its water-quality monitoring rules that would remove 44 lakes and rivers from the federal impaired waters list.

Fire burning in roadless wilderness causing problems for the Forest Service via The Spokesman-Review

A fire has been burning in remote wilderness straddling the Washington-Idaho border north of Priest Lake for the past six weeks. Firefighters had to hike five hours to get to the fire, and soon reported it was burning in cedar trees eight feet in circumference and the huge trees were falling down steep slopes toward them.

Some cities have started tracking how much money their trees are earning them each year via Business Insider

Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Across the nation, city foresters should celebrate trees as economic drivers and get past the false dichotomy of economy versus environment.

Punishing drought threatens yields, income for thousands of Iowa farmers via The Des Moines Register

About half of Iowa — likely thousands of farmers — is caught in a deepening drought, with nearly 13 percent of it considered severe, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows.

In wake of 'monster' fire, weed spread concerns BLM via Great Falls Tribune

Eastern Montana’s largest fire on record is 98 percent contained, but now a major concern is the spread of noxious weeds and the introduction of new weed species.

When the U.S. Military Came to Guam via The Atlantic

Efforts to curb the snake population have become as extreme as dropping thousands of dead mice by airplane over the island. The mice are laced with acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol—which is poisonous to the snakes.

Massive wildfires turned prairies to ash, leading Montana’s cowboys to weigh federal help via The Washington Post

After the massive multimillion-dollar firefight, another battle has emerged in the wide open spaces where there is often distrust of the government: What should the federal role be in helping Montana’s livestock industry respond to, and recover from, the blaze.

A pent-up threat to the Chesapeake Bay: Editorial via PennLive

(Opinion) Just a few miles from the Maryland- Pennsylvania border lies the Conowingo Dam, an 88-year-old power station stopping the massive Susquehanna River, which is the source of much of the freshwater flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The dam's sediment pools are full, long before the cleanup plan projected them to be.

Calif. nursery owner settles wetlands case for $1.1 million via Agri-Pulse

The case stems from plowing conducted in 2012 on land owned by Duarte in Tehama County. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, said the plowing was actually the “ripping” of 22 acres of wetlands – and the judge agreed.

We worked for Bush & Obama: Here's a bipartisan solution to America's wildfire problem via USA Today

(Opinion) Republicans and Democrats aren’t supposed to agree on much these days, particularly when it comes to the environment and management of our public lands. Both of us agree, that to solve this problem, Congress must change the way we pay for wildland firefighting.

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