Executive Director's Report
2013 Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts
"The Power of Conservation: Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Rewards" is the theme of the 2013 Conference. It will take place January 7-9 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. The preliminary Conference brochure is now available online and a hard copy with registration information will be mailed soon.
You're Invited to the 2013 District Showcases!
Last week, the IASWCD and representatives from our partner agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Services and Indiana State Department of Agriculture traveled to LaPorte County in northern Indiana. Their "Community Conservation Walk" was inspiring to see and hear about! View photos here, and read a local article about their award here. Upcoming showcases include:
NRCS Forestry Training
Registration for this forest management training is now open. It will take place October 16-17 at SEPAC. The training will enable District Conservationists (DC's) to make basic assessments of forest conditions from ecological and timber production standpoints, and to use the assessments to make recommendations to landowners regarding management needs to achieve the goals of the landowner consistent with the role of a given forest within its watershed and broader landscape. Learn more and register here.
More Funding for Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
NRCS has received additional funding to help producers apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity. Specifically, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) funds were made available from NRCS's existing national funds to target states experiencing extreme drought (including Indiana). These additional dollars in Indiana mean that farmers can restore wildlife habitat that has been lost in the extreme heat and dryness this summer, while improving soil health and providing needed forage and watering facilities for livestock. More drought information can be found here.