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In partnership with the city of Flint, Mich., Genesee Conservation District (GCD) is bringing urban forests back to a healthy state and educating residents in the process.
NACD Blog: Vermont district is helping to show the value of urban forestry
Caring for the canopy is a top priority of Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD). With 47 municipalities under its jurisdiction, WNRCD’s efforts have led to a collaboration with the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of the Environment (UVM), and the city of Winooski to support the city’s efforts to manage and maintain its urban forests.
NACD Blog: Celebrate Pollinator Week – Five Ways You Can Help Today
As spring concludes and summer finally arrives, you’re likely seeing more critters around your garden hard at work. Today marks the beginning of National Pollinator Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the animals and invertebrates that make our ecosystems function. In addition to graphics on NACD’s social media channels this week, here are five ways you can make a difference for pollinators today.
Agri-Pulse: House GOP pushes through farm bill on second try
The farm bill, which is unchanged from the version that failed May 18, passed Thursday afternoon, 213-211.
Fox News: Senate stops Trump push to cancel $15B in spending
The Senate narrowly voted Wednesday to block a White House plan to cancel almost $15 billion in government spending. Burr's opposition was unexpected and came after he was not guaranteed a vote on his amendment to protect funding for land and water conservation.
Agri-Pulse: Trump administration plan would shift USDA programs
A plan announced today by the Trump administration would shift Department of Agriculture programs to different government agencies, dramatically shrinking the size and scope of the department. The plan would move nutrition programs to the Department of Health and Human Services, shift some USDA housing programs to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and consolidate the government’s food safety oversight into a new Federal Food Safety Agency.
The Hill: Trump admin floats changes to environmental review standards
The Trump administration is considering major changes to the regulations that govern how federal agencies analyze the potential environmental impacts of their decisions.
The Washington Post: The Chesapeake Bay hasn’t been this healthy in 33 years, scientists say
For the first time in the 33 years that scientists have assessed the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary showed improvement in every region, a likely sign that a massive federal cleanup plan is working.
Agri-Pulse: EPA, Corps will send WOTUS proposal to OMB
The effort to craft a new rule defining “waters of the U.S.” will take another step forward today when EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers send a new proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
High Plains Journal: No base acre loss seen in Senate farm bill
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Kansas Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, as well as Rep. Roger Marshall, R-KS, attended a recent meeting with farmers at a farm near Manhattan, Kansas. In response to a question, Roberts stated that no farmer would lose base acres.
Delaware Online: Small but mighty: Floating wetlands ready to battle pollution in South Bethany canals
Small as they may be, 130 mini man-made wetland mats have the potential to make a dent in the pollution plaguing the canals, while also providing new shelter and habitat for fish, crabs and shrimp that will soon congregate on their underwater root systems.
High Plains Journal: Preserve it Now: Pilot project to help improve soil, water quality
Hakes is participating in the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project in southwest Iowa, the aim of which is to help reduce nutrient load in Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a pilot project stemming from the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which began in 2008. Since then, counties across Iowa have been developing plans of their own to access water sources and reduce sediment run-off.
Williston Herald: Getting more from CRP lands
Berry is cooperating with USDA-ARS researchers on a project seeking the best way to transform over-competitive monocultures into land with higher benefits for wildlife and pollinators.
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