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Conservation Clips is a weekly collection of articles distributed by NACD that provides our members and partners with the latest news in what's driving conservation. These articles are not indicative of NACD policy and are the opinions of their authors, unless otherwise noted. If you have a relevant submission or need assistance with accessing articles, please contact the NACD Communications Team.

NACD Blog: Forestry Support in Sonoma County with an NACD Technical Assistance Grant
By Katrina Vaitkus

Thanks to an NACD Technical Assistance (TA) Grant, the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) in California has their first ever professional forester. 

Sheridan Press: Collaborative conservation
By Ashleigh Snoozy

While Carrie Rogaczewski’s first language is English, her second is conservation. As manager of the Sheridan County Conservation District, Rogaczewski coordinates with staff to maintain conservation projects throughout Sheridan County and works daily with multiple agencies to ensure compliance and cooperation.

AgWeb: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Truterra Pair Up

Forging a new path for accelerating and scaling agricultural conservation is at the heart of a new public-private partnership announced today by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business at Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. 

Agri-Pulse: California receives historic $10 million for the Conservation Stewardship Program
By Sara Wyant

(Subscriber Only) Hundreds of California farmers who have successfully completed prior conservation projects are well positioned to move to the next level of conservation, according to NRCS.

ARS Technica: New data indicates the Mississippi Delta is on borrowed time
By Cathleen O'Grady

Since 1932, coastal wetlands in Louisiana have declined by about 25 percent. At its fastest, the decline was around one football field lost every 34 minutes; at its slowest, every 100 minutes. The Pelican State is losing ground faster than any other state in the contiguous United States.

CNBC: Climate change is driving widespread forest death and creating shorter, younger trees
By Emma Newburger

In a new report published in Science Magazine, researchers warn that climate change is accelerating the death of trees, stunting their growth and making forests across the world younger and shorter.

Cleveland Scene: Ohio Farmers Embrace Conservation to Mitigate Spring Flooding
By Suzanne Potter

The prospect of heavy spring rains — linked to climate change — has led some farmers to use conservation measures to protect their fields.

Popular Science: Migratory birds in the Eastern US are struggling to adapt to climate change
By Kate Baggaley

Migratory birds may be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change compared with birds that stay put during the winter, scientists reported May 26 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Las Cruces Sun News: Research to improve soil health takes root at NMSU
By Carlos Andres López

Soil is a natural resource that supports human civilization and plays a vital role in global food security. So, while we may not be ranchers, crop growers or researchers, we all have a vested interest in soil — especially soil health.

AccuWeather: What's expected for the 2020 California wildfire season?
By John Roach

There was real concern – and good reasons for it – earlier this year about the potential for a prolonged 2020 California wildfire season. The state’s peak wildfire season typically runs from May through October, but wildfires can occur at any time. 

Omaha World-Herald: Prioritizing pollinators: Farmers are partnering to protect the environment

For farmers and ranchers, prioritizing sustainability extends far beyond their own land. That’s how a unique initiative called Farmers for Monarchs was born. The collaborative involves farmers, ranchers, landowners, researchers, academic institutions, government agencies, conservationists and businesses, all working together to sustain monarch butterfly populations on farms and ranches across the country.  

Open Access Government: Sustainable agroecosystems: Cropping using regenerative agricultural principles

Agricultural production practices need to be guided by policies that ensure regenerative cropping and grazing management protocols to ensure long-term sustainability and ecological resilience of agroecosystems.

No-Till Farmer: No-Till Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns.

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