2016 NACD Stewardship Materials Now Available for Free Download

NACD’s “We All Need Trees” stewardship materials are out and now available in a brand new format! NACD is going paperless this year beginning with the 2016 Stewardship and Education Program, and the high-quality materials that have been developed will be available to districts and state associations for FREE for electronic download.  

NACD has made available high and low-resolution files along with printing specifications so that you can have materials printed at the volume, location, and time of your choosing. High-resolution files would be appropriate for printing at a commercial printer or copy shop, while low-resolution files would be appropriate for printing on a desktop or office copier, or for display electronically. Click here to check out this year’s educational materials for “We All Need Trees.”  

And if you want to order previously printed materials for your stewardship program, the inventory of available printed materials from past years has been deeply discounted by 25% through April 30, 2016. Discounts are applied to your cart when you check out. 

Remember, NACD’s Stewardship week is April 24-May 1, so you have plenty of time to stock up on existing materials or make arrangements to use 2016’s new, electronic materials.  

More information is available online including printer specs and a FAQ document. Additional updates and information will be provided via the weekly eResource newsletter and NACD’s website.  

Questions can be directed to stewardship@nacdnet.org  

NACD Meets with NatGLC Steering Committee

NACD CEO Jeremy Peters recently met with the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) steering committee during its spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Peters congratulated the NatGLC steering committee on a successful 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands held in Grapevine, Texas in December. He also shared with the steering committee updates on NACD’s activities including its Soil Health Champions Network, outreach on wildfire through an ongoing series of listening sessions, and work of the National Conservation Planning Partnership to increase technical assistance capacity at the local level.  

NRCS Bootcamp Training Opportunity

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recently issued a bulletin giving notice of a training opportunity for district employees. NACD, through cooperative agreement with NRCS, is offering 60 slots in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, for training of district employees along with training for NRCS employees through the Conservation Boot Camp Training program. This will work out to about one district employee per state/territory, however, some states may not be ready this year so other states could potentially have the option for more than one employee.  

Bootcamps are scheduled to begin as early as March 8, however because of the planning time required to identify participants and make arrangements, the earliest a district employee could anticipate attending would be May 10 or the subsequent training in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please give some thought to selecting one or more district employees in your territory/state so that you can be ready when we have the arrangements completed.  

Conservation Boot Camp teaches new field employees how to guide decision makers through a comprehensive conservation planning process that complies with national policy. The course uses classroom and field experience to demonstrate to participants how NRCS and its conservation partners work together to conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources while meeting our customers' needs. It provides participants with instructions in basic conservation planning, as well as, focuses on the diversity of the conservation environment in which NRCS employees work to ensure conservation on private lands. 

Participating district employees would be eligible for 75% of program costs to be covered with the remainder to be covered by local districts, state associations, in kind, and/or other sources. NACD is working on several options and further guidance will be forthcoming.  

For questions please feel free to contact your NACD Region Representatives or Rich Duesterhaus, Director of Projects and Partnerships for further guidance. 

District Spotlight: Oconto County Land Conservation Department, Wisconsin

arlier this month, Oconto County Land Conservation Department (Oconto County LCD) announced ST Paper LLC will be donating $140,000 towards covering the cost of a land conservation planner to work with area farmers to reduce nutrient runoff into Green Bay for the next two years.  

As a very productive and active part of Lake Michigan, Green Bay is an area that is struggling against algae blooms and nutrient runoff which deplete oxygen in the water, killing fish and plant life. While nutrient management plans have been in place for nearly 20 years, according to the University of Wisconsin Extension, farmers are still receptive to improving those practices. The new land conservation planner will be hired this spring through Oconto County LCD, and will work with landowners to focus on soil health practices such as conservation tillage, cover crops and nutrient management. 

Learn more about Oconto County Land Conservation Department here

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