Aug. 29 - Sept. 12, 2012
Executive Director's Report

Wishing Jim Norris a Happy Retirement
After 25 years with DNR, ISDA and working in the Randolph County SWCD Office, Jim Norris is retiring. Join the Randolph County conservation community in celebrating Jim at an Open House on Tuesday, September 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Randolph County SWCD office (map), (765) 584-4505 ext. 3. Best wishes, Jim!

Communicating Your Successes and Communicating With the Media
Join us next Wednesday, the nineteenth, for two capacity building sessions designed for Indiana SWCDs and Watershed Organizations. The workshops are free; however, registration is required. These communications workshops will feature a panel of media and public relations and communications professionals, including: Andy Dietrick, Indiana Farm Bureau Public Relations Team; Kara Kenney, WRTV 6 News Team and DeeDee Sigler, IASWCD Communications Manager. For more information and to register, please click here.

You're Invited to the 2013 District Showcases!
The IASWCD staff is excited to travel to the three District Showcase Award winners over the next few weeks. Please join us in celebrating these Districts' accomplishments!
  • September 17: "The Community Conservation Walk" in LaPorte County. Details here.
  • October 11: "Reading Rain Gardens for Water Quality" in Clark County. Details here.
  • November 5: Vermillion County. Details to come.
Conservation News

Now Illegal to Sell Aquatic Invasive Plants in Indiana

It became illegal to sell, gift, or distribute 28 invasive aquatic plants in Indiana as of Aug. 31. The new rule was approved by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission. The purpose of this rule is to help prevent the introduction and distribution of harmful aquatic invasive plants into Indiana waters and wetlands. View the list of prohibited plants here, and the press release here.


Leadership Institute: Impacting Community

The next upcoming workshop in the Leadership Institute series is "Impacting Community," to be held in Santa Claus from Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. The agenda design encourages a lot of group discussion, and will be a good chance to both share with and learn from your SWCD counterparts throughout the state. Key skills that will be discussed at the workshop will include strategic planning, securing resources, community partnership building and managing community-level projects. More information here (PDF).

Job Announcements

Executive Director: Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors  

The GACDS seeks an Executive Director. GACDS is a 501(c)(3) organization representing the 40 conservation districts across Georgia and is dedicated to the conservation of the state's abundant natural resources. Read the full job description here. 
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Upcoming Events

Sept. 13: Stream Management Workshop
Sept. 13: Advanced Cover Crops Workshop (SEPAC)
Sept. 25: Fall Conservation Field Day
Sept. 26-27: IDEA Conference

Upcoming Deadlines



October 15:

Conservation Innovation Grant applications due


January 15: 

Lake and River Enhancement grant applications due


View more grant opportunities here


Award Nominations:

Sept. 28: Conservation Farmer of the Year

Sept. 28: Friend of Conservation

Sept. 28: Supervisor of the Year

Read Award Descriptions


Please email us to receive an application for any of these awards at [email protected]

In Brief
Map of Conservation Funds  

This interactive map, published by NRCS, shows what kind and how many conservation dollars came to each state. It also contains a wealth of data related to cropland acreage, wetland sizes, and more. 


Indiana Cooperative Summit

On November 9, 2012, co-ops from across Indiana will gather in Indianapolis for the sixth-annual Indiana Cooperative Summit. The theme this year is "Co-ops = Stronger Communities." Learn more and register here.


DUNS Factsheet Available

Lately, NRCS field offices have been receiving several inquiries from landowners about applying for a DUNS number. In some cases, landowners have been paying "consultants" a fee to apply for this free number. Get the facts with this PDF, and spread the word! 


Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic Workshops

Get the best of both Projects WET and WILD and learn how you can teach water and wildlife concepts in the same lessons. The workshop will take place on September 22, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM at Riverside Park in Indianapolis. This is a free workshop but pre-registration is required. Email [email protected] for more info and to register.