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NACD Blog: NACD Forestry RPG explores Deadwood

The NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG) recently met in Deadwood, South Dakota, in conjunction with the National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) Forest Resources Management Committee.s

NACD Blog: County-level conservation department, tribe in Wisconsin partner to expand access and delivery on Indian lands

The Oneida Tribe has recently established a cooperative agreement with the Outagamie County Land Conservation Department to launch a new adaptive-management pilot project to implement conservation practices on tribal lands within the Lower Fox River Watershed.

NACD Blog: Revitalizing an Alabama neighborhood through urban agriculture

In the southwestern part of Birmingham, Alabama, lies a seasonal high tunnel overflowing with fresh vegetables. Located in the neighborhood of Hillman, the high tunnel sits almost like a landmark in this small, tight-knit community.

NACD Blog: NCF-Envirothon concludes in Maryland, honors winners

Welcomed by ideal weather conditions for Maryland in July, nearly 700 Envirothon students, teachers, advisors, volunteers, and sponsors descended upon Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, last week for the NCF-Envirothon.

Crop Insurance and Compliance via DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The linkage between conservation compliance and crop insurance premium subsidies continues to draw complaints, but a new study by USDA's Economic Research Service shows the link helps reduce the farming risks on highly erodible lands and wetland conversions.

Washington Conservation Commission floats clean-water policy via Capital Press

The Washington State Conservation Commission is floating a plan to revise the state’s primary clean-water policy by assigning conservation districts an official role in working with farmers to keep water clean.

Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder via Bloomberg

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined.

‘Dead zone’ larger than ever, NOAA says via Agri-Pulse

The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is bigger than it’s ever been, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The latest estimate – which makes the zone about the size of New Jersey – is the largest since measurements began in 1985.

CMR refuge pasture offered to all cattle displaced by Lodgepole fires via Billings Gazette

Thousands of cattle displaced by the 270,200-acre Lodgepole Complex fire have been greenlighted for grazing on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced.

Historic Drought Hammers Dakotas, Montana via AgWeb

Crops in the Dakotas and Montana are baking on an anvil of severe drought and extreme heat, as bone-dry conditions force growers and ranchers to make difficult decisions regarding cattle, corn and wheat. Loss and risk are an assumption in farming; devastation is not.

Researchers creating warning system for toxic algae in lakes via ABC News

Satellites in space and a robot under Lake Erie's surface are part of a network of scientific tools trying to keep algae toxins out of drinking water supplies in the shallowest of the Great Lakes. It's one of the most wide-ranging freshwater monitoring systems in the U.S., and some of its pieces soon will be watching for harmful algae on hundreds of lakes nationwide.

Fast-spreading trees a headache in Nebraska, Iowa, Dakotas via The Sacramento Bee

Trees that suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other prairie plants are creating new headaches throughout the Plains, including Nebraska, western Iowa, and the Dakotas. The eastern red cedar tree spreads so quickly that it catches many landowners off-guard, consuming huge areas of productive ranchland and threatening many of the area's original prairies.

Climate change before your eyes: Seas rise and trees die via The Washington Post

They’re called “ghost forests” — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas. The intruding salt water changes coastal ecosystems, creating marshes where forests used to be. It is happening around the world, but researchers say new ghost forests are particularly apparent in North America, with hundreds of thousands of acres of salt-killed trees stretching from Canada down the East Coast, around Florida, and over to Texas.

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