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NACD Blog: Did You Know? Districts are helping Native American tribes put conservation on the ground
Did you know that NACD is helping conservation districts and Native American tribes establish mutually-beneficial partnerships in putting conservation on the ground? In 2017, NACD established a new resource policy group (RPG) under the Natural Resources Policy Committee with the mission to assist conservation districts in reaching out to tribes and building partnerships.
NACD Blog: NACD Government Affairs Update on Omnibus Bill
Last week, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill – that President Donald Trump signed into law – that avoided a government shutdown and funds the federal government through the end of the 2018 fiscal year. There are provisions included in the appropriations bill, known as legislative riders, that affect policies which we focus on.
Agri-Pulse: Trump signs giant spending package after veto threat
The bill also eliminates the requirement that landowners who participate in conservation programs obtain System for Award Management (SAM) and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers. “Removing the burdensome task of SAM/DUNS reporting allows landowners and operators to prioritize conservation program participation without hindrance," said Jeremy Peters, CEO of the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Civil Eats: Conservation Funding Expected to Lag Behind When Farmers Need it Most
“Good conservation programs provide pathways to treat local conservation concerns, and those can vary quite drastically across the country,” said Tim Palmer, a crop and livestock farmer from Madison County, Iowa, and president-elect of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). “The improvements that solve local resource challenges, like erosion and damage from nutrients [i.e., nitrogen and phosphorous] in Southern Iowa, require funding and boots on the ground from conservation professionals to provide farmers with the guidance they need,” Palmer added.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Finally: A fire funding fix
(Opinion) Our 154 national forests received some much needed attention and repair in the recently enacted omnibus spending legislation signed into law by the president on March 16. Our forests were literally burning up and the funding used to put out the fires was robbing the forests of the resources needed for better management. In short, it was a vicious circle that jeopardized the health of a very precious national resource.
Sawyer County Record: Congressional bid to remove Wisconsin wolves from endangered species list falls flat
An effort to remove the Great Lakes gray wolf from the federal endangered species list failed last week when Congress approved an omnibus spending bill.
My San Antonio: Ash tree-killing pest found in 3 more Vermont towns
An invasive pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in three more Vermont towns since it was first discovered in the state last month. The emerald ash borer has been discovered in Barre, Groton and Plainfield, in addition to Orange, as state and federal officials continue to survey for the insect.
The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore to use new form of financing for green infrastructure projects to fight water pollution
The Department of Public Works plans to take out $6 million in environmental impact bonds to pay for the projects, which use trees, plants and other forms of greenery to absorb rainwater so it doesn’t flow into streams and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay, collecting pollutants along the way.
KUNC: When A Drought Lasts 18 Years, Does It Need A New Name?
By most measures, portions of the American southwest in the Colorado River Basin are in their 18th year of drought. It’s the longest period of sustained dry and warm weather since consistent records have been kept. That’s leading some to ask: If a drought lasts that long, is it still a drought or something else entirely?
The Salt Lake Tribune: Floating trash on the Jordan River threatens entire species of waterfowl, but a new project aims to fix that
It’s not just the oceans that are plagued by plastic — Utah’s inland sea has a trash problem of its own, and conservationists hope that installing a sort of filter on the Jordan River will put a stop to it.
Big Island Now: $3.7M Will Fight Invasive Species, Support Hawai‘i Ag
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) announced $3.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for eight Hawai‘i projects that fight invasive species and protect the state’s agriculture industry.
Reuters: Wildfire funding fix will take 'a period of years' to protect U.S. forests
A deal in last week’s U.S. federal spending bill to fund wildfire fighting has drawn praise but also some concern over a provision relaxing rules on cutting trees in national forests.
South Bend Tribune: Outdoors: Want better fishing? Reduce water runoff
The challenges facing fish managers of today have to do with what is happening on land around our waters. Projects are needed to further demonstrate how we can clean up our lakes and rivers while improving crop yields for farmers. Everybody wins, including the fish.
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