With varying weather extremes affecting the forestry landscape, the
North Platte Natural Resources District
(NRD) in Scottsbluff, Neb., is working diversity and restoration into its 17 communities through the Free Trees for Fall Planting program.
The district, in partnership with the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Trees for Nebraska Towns, has successfully planted 650 trees in the past seven years, thanks to funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
“We deal with extremes on the weather side, and we are fighting a bit of an uphill battle with what Mother Nature naturally wants on our landscape, so that is part of the balancing act we play,” District Resource Conservation Coordinator
Todd Filipi said
. “But trees and shrubs can serve many different purposes with our communities along with generally being aesthetically pleasing.”
Community organizations and volunteer groups can apply for the Free Trees for Planting program as an upcoming service project, which must include a public outreach component. Groups receive up to ten trees each. In 2019, 502 trees were distributed statewide through the program.
Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) is working with teachers to expand conservation education opportunities within the Hanover County Public Schools district.
Hanover-Caroline SWCD staff facilitated a Project Learning Tree (PLT) professional development program for teachers prior to the start of the school year to guide teachers on how to integrate environmental education into their classrooms.
“It’s a great way to bring an interdisciplinary approach to caring for the environment, and it helps students connect to the environment in a way that is locally relevant,” Hanover-Caroline SWCD Education Specialist
Karen Fetty said
Fetty, who was a teacher in Caroline County more than a decade ago when schools were first beginning to incorporate environmental education, is helping Hanover Schools implement PLT’s GreenSchools Investigations this year.
JOINT FORESTRY TEAM RENEWS PARTNERSHIP
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Joint Forestry Team (JFT) leadership formally renewed their partnership for the fourth time in Washington, D.C.
“With this charter signing, JFT will be able to continue its work assisting in the implementation and effective forest management to sustain and improve our nation's forests,”
2019 JFT Chair
Jennifer Hart said
. Hart is one of three NACD representatives on JFT and is also the
Campbell County Conservation District
JFT's mission is to make recommendations that result in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests, farms and ranches. Team participants seek to improve the sustainability of the nation’s forests in order to provide optimum levels of public benefits and ecosystem services. In 2020, JFT will be chaired by USFS'
Pictured above, from left to right:
NACD CEO Jeremy Peters
, NRCS Associate Chief
, Forest Service Chief
NASF President Greg Josten
SWCD exceeds enrollment goals for forestland project
In the Littlefork River’s headwaters region, a project spanning three counties now protects small tracts of privately owned forestland vital to water quality, wildlife habitat and forest health.
Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District coordinates the Littlefork Headwaters Non-industrial Private Forestland (NIPF) project, and serves as its fiscal agent.
By late summer, when the second of two U.S. Forest Service grants wrapped up, 40 landowners had acquired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-approved management plans for 6,250 acres.
“The concern was that [we] didn’t have continuous management,” Koochiching SWCD Administrator
International Falls Journal
. “So [we've] got these pockets where maybe forest stands and types are similar. But when [there's] a break in how they’re managed, then it’s not always the best for the [resource].”
to attend forest
A forest health initiative offered landowners an opportunity to give their input and possibly receive grant funding to work their land for fire fuel reduction.
The local working group is a combined effort from federal, state and local agencies, as well as Montana State University (MSU) Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bitterroot Land Trust and the local conservation district.
“We are inviting landowners with plots of forested property to get information and give us some ideas about what types of effort are best suited for this grant work, so we can meet the needs of that target population,” MSU Ravalli County Extension Agent
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