Colorado - Conservation district assists riverbank stabilization project
The Rainbow Park and Portland Plant Riparian Restoration Project is helping to control Russian Olive and Tamarisk trees along the Arkansas River corridor, treat other invasive species with selective herbicides, and restore the riparian area along the river through willow and cottonwood pole plantings and seeding with native grasses.
“It’s helped save my land,” Georgia Romine told the Daily Record Cannon City News. Last year several Russian Olive trees were removed and revetment and boulders were added to Romine’s property to help with erosion. She has been working closely with the Fremont Conservation District and an NRCS soil conservationist to add trees and shrubs.
At Florence Park, more than 50 trees and shrubs have been planted this spring. Community volunteers have given time to the project, and the City of Florence has committed to keeping the trees and shrubs watered. Read more>>>
Maine - SWCD to host ‘low impact forestry workshop’
Through a low impact forestry workshop planned for June 28, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) will provide educational programming on techniques and practices that can be used by Maine landowners to better and profit from their woodlots. The six-hour workshop will cover a variety of topics, including sustainable forest management and the importance of understanding the relationship between soils found in a woodlot and tree species that are best adapted for the site. Attendees will walk the property with presenters and discuss specific examples of management. Workshop presenters will include soil scientist David Rocque; Andrew Shultz and Adam Cates of the Maine Forest Service; and local forester Gordon Moore. Read more>>>
Michigan - District educates landowners on state forestland incentive program
The Gladwin Conservation District organized a workshop in June to educate landowners about Michigan’s Qualified Forest Program. This program can potentially reduce property taxes up to 40 percent. Landowners with more than 20 acres of non-homestead forestland are eligible to participate. This workshop also educated attendees on ways to reduce tax paid on timber sales revenue. Conservation districts in the state have assisted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with the Qualified Forest Program for several years. Read more>>>