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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: 2019 RCPP Applications – What You Need to Know

Earlier this month, USDA launched the 2019 application period for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP matches Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding with non-federal funding and in-kind support to implement targeted conservation projects using farm bill conservation programs.

NACD Blog: Do You Know How to Effectively Conduct Your Next Meeting/Teleconference?

Whether you are conducting a meeting in person or over the phone via conference call, there are easy tools you can arm yourself with that will allow you to facilitate a productive and efficient meeting.

NACD Blog: South Carolina district is helping to restore longleaf, enhance habitat

The Chesterfield County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in South Carolina is using grant money from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to restore the longleaf pine habitat in the South Carolina Sandhills region.

NACD Blog: NACD Government Affairs’ update on FY2020 appropriations

As the days grow shorter, we draw closer to the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, when Congress is once again pressed into action to ensure that the federal government remains funded.

Ecosystem Services Market Consortium: ESMC Finds Potential Demand for Ecosystem Market Credits Approaches $14 Billion

Potential purchases of U.S. ecosystem credits from agriculture could be as high as $13.9 billion according to an IHS Markit economic assessment released today by the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC).

Civil Eats: To Prevent the Next Dust Bowl, Give Soil a Chance
By Gabe Brown and Ron Nichols

Hugh Hammond Bennett, the father of the modern conservation movement effort that became today’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), once wrote, “Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.” Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say, “Take care of the soil and the soil will take care of you.”

Wisconsin State Farmer: State study tracks conservation practices after corn silage harvest
By Ray Mueller

With Wisconsin's corn silage harvest now on the horizon, landowners and renters often have concerns about soil conservation and water quality on the land which had been covered by a corn stand for several previous months.

Forbes: Bye-Bye Birdies: Almost 3 Billion Birds Disappeared From North America's Skies In Less Than 50 Years

A new study reports that birds living or breeding in Canada and the United States have declined by an average of 29 percent since 1970.

E&E News: Lawmakers spar over ESA but find room for compromise
By Michael Doyle and Kellie Lunney

(Subscriber Only) Lawmakers wrangled over the Endangered Species Act, raising familiar arguments and apparently changing no minds. But on less ideologically sensitive environmental turf, including certain grants programs that aid wetlands and combat big invasive rodents, some common ground emerged.

Farm Progress: Wildlife habitat can pay its way
By Ann Staudt

Iowa farmers faced a lot of water and weather challenges in 2019. While the state didn’t see widespread drought, some areas saw disruptive rains and standing water during planting and early in the growing season. Converting water-logged areas to wildlife habitat can be profitable and beneficial.

KUOW: 'Dead tree after dead tree.' The case of Washington's dying foliage
By Eilis O’Neill

Hemlocks have started to turn brown. And it’s not just hemlocks. Western red cedars and big-leaf maples are struggling as well. All three species are native to western Washington.

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