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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.

E&E News: Final Trump WOTUS rule expected soon
By Ariel Wittenberg

(Subscriber Only) The Trump administration is expected to finalize a rule limiting which waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act this month, with some speculating the regulation could be unveiled as soon as Friday.

Iowa State University: ISU researchers pave the way to make prairie strips eligible option for federal conservation program

U.S. farmers will be able to collect federal conservation payments for installing prairie strips on their land, and Iowa State University researchers helped bridge the gap between the latest science and federal policy.

ScienceDaily: Analyzing DNA in soil could be an effective way of tracking animals

Genetic material left behind by animals can provide critical clues to aid conservation and research. New research shows studying DNA in soil samples can be more effective, efficient and affordable than traditional tracking methods, such as camera traps, for assessing biodiversity.

Post Register: Multi-state potato research analyzes improving soil health
By John O'Connell

It’s called the kitchen sink treatment among the scientists involved in a four-year, 10-state research project analyzing how to replenish depleted soils in potato rotations.

Phys.org: Trees struggle when forests become too small
By Steinar Brandslet

A lack of connected forests can prevent trees from multiplying efficiently. The more fragmented the forest becomes, the greater the problem for the trees.

KIIITV: Expert says feral hogs causing more than $400 million in damage per year
By Nora Perez

There is an epidemic across Texas impacting farmers and ranchers. Feral hogs have become a multi-million dollar mess. It is estimated that feral hogs cause $400 million in damage every year. Experts say there are a couple of reasons the problem could get worse before it gets better.

Oregon Public Radio: Oregon Governor Proposes New Wildfire Protection Plan
By Cassandra Profita

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling for a major expansion in the state’s wildfire response plans in a new legislative concept lawmakers heard on Tuesday.

E&E News: Bill would help preserve 'blue carbon' ecosystems
By Ariel Wittenberg

(Subscriber Only) A bipartisan House bill seeks to stem climate change by helping preserve coastal ecosystems that can store carbon.

Miami County Republic: The ongoing battle between tall fescue and native grass

In the eastern half of Kansas, the majority of Tallgrass Prairie was tilled under years ago for productive farming. Many of the remaining acres have been planted to introduce grass species like smooth brome and tall fescue.

San Francisco Chronicle: California moves toward single water tunnel under delta
By Kurtis Alexander and Alexei Koseff

California is moving forward with its biggest water project in decades, a single tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that will help move Northern California water south to cities and farms, state water officials said Wednesday.

Post-Gazette: New plan gets tough on big agriculture to slow toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie

Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agricultural runoff by offering farmers financial incentives.

SciTechDaily: Tipping Point Identified for Deforestation That Leads to Rapid Forest Loss

Global satellite imagery shows transitions occur quickly after blocks of forest are cut in half. University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss. 

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