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River Cities' Reader: National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Applauds Federal Support of Conservation Programs in Funding Bills

Congress approved two funding packages for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations on Thursday, December 19, which will improve conservation delivery across the United States.

Oklahoma Farm Report: Phil Campbell of Luther and Joe Caughlin of Tonkawa Named to National Leadership Institute Established by the National Conservation Foundation

Oklahomans Phil Campbell of Luther and Joe Caughlin of Tonkawa [...] have been named among the seven participants in the inaugural cohort of the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI).

The Westerly Sun: Cassius Spears Jr. named to conservation foundation's 'Next Generation' institute

Cassius Spears Sr. of Ashaway has been selected as one of seven members of the National Conservation Foundation's inaugural cohort of the Next Generation Leadership Institute.

Valley Courier: Mosca- Hooper garners $20,000 agricultural grant

The Colorado State Conservation Board announced the award of a $20,000 matching grant to Mosca- Hooper Conservation District to support the Aquifer Recovery/Future of Ag in the San Luis Valley-Field and Soil Observations: Fungal Rich Compost in 2020. 

Associated Press: California eases way for land clearing to prevent wildfires
By Don Thompson

California regulators said Tuesday that they have streamlined the state’s permit process to make it faster to approve tree-thinning projects designed to slow massive wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years.

E&E News: Delisting gray wolf leads end-of-year legislation blitz
By James Marshall

(Subscriber Only) Lawmakers introduced a flurry of bills before leaving the capital for the holidays, including legislation to delist the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act.

KEYC: Minnesota Department of Agriculture program promotes conservation practices for producers
By Alison Durheim

A program under the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering three new endorsements to water quality certified producers. The new provisions to the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program come in addition to the ten-year certification a landowner receives in the program.

The Washington Post: Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly
By Laura Reiley

In the early 1900s wild turkeys were almost eradicated from the United States, their dwindling numbers driven by unrestricted harvesting for meat and feathers. And now they are back — in some cases, it seems, with a vengeance.

E&E News: Interior wordsmiths 'habitat' with eye on regulatory reach
By Jennifer Yachnin

(Subscriber Only) The Interior Department is moving to formally define "habitat" in the Endangered Species Act, part of an anticipated second wave of changes to the bedrock conservation law under the Trump administration.

Associated Press: Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution
By Michael Casey and Andrew Selsky

Seagrasses, which cover less than 0.2 percent of the world’s oceans, store twice as much carbon in a given area as temperate and tropical forests, a study by the United Nations-affiliated Blue Carbon Initiative found. But seagrass meadows in many places are imperiled by coastal development, overfishing, runoff from farm waste, and the growing threat from climate change.

The Seattle Times: What is the future of Washington state’s forests? Endangered marbled murrelet seabird caught in fight
By Evan Bush

No matter what officials choose for the forest, the seabirds are likely slated for at least a decade of decline, according to population models in the final plan for their conservation. Ocean conditions, prey availability, human activity and habitat loss are among factors scientists believe are playing a role.

Associated Press: South Dakota hopes $10M will help wildlife conservation

South Dakota’s wildlife officials are hoping to receive $10 million from legislation pending in Congress to protect 104 species in the state that are vulnerable to extinction.

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