Conservation Update  
March 28 - April 9 
Executive Director's Report 


Lagrange Resident Honored for Conservation Legacy

Dona Hunter
Dona Hunter accepts her award from Matt Meersman, president of the Friends of the St. Joe River.

Retired conservationist Dona Hunter was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Al Smith Watershed Stewardship Award. The honor was presented at the 6th Annual Watershed Council meeting hosted by the Friends of the St. Joe River in March. The award is a prestigious honor for volunteers and conservation professionals who do their work in the St. Joseph River Watershed, which encompasses all or parts of 15 counties in Indiana and Michigan. Congratulations to Hunter, who is recently retired from the LaGrange County SWCD.


Are You Social?

Having a presence on social media, no matter how small, is almost as important as having a website these days. Soil and Water Conservation Districts have well-founded support in their communities already - why not provide another way for them to connect with you? Consider setting up a Facebook and/or Twitter account if you haven't done so yet - we'd love to like & follow you! 


Pathway to Water Quality and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative recently joined Facebook. (And on Twitter @ccsi_in and @iaswcd!). 


The IASWCD follows the Districts below on Facebook. If your District or watershed organization is on Facebook or Twitter, but hasn't connected with us yet, we hope you will soon!  


St. Joseph

Google Tools Workshops to be Offered in May  

The Indiana District Employees Association and the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) are pleased to offer Google Tools Workshops next month! After receiving rave reviews of her short workshop at the IASWCD annual conference this January, ISDA's Jennifer Pinkston will be leading these workshops at the request of several conference attendees. These trainings are only available to SWCD staff. More details are available on the registration forms below.  


You must have a Google (Gmail) account set up, and have your logon and password memorized, in order to participate in this workshop. You will not set one up at the workshop. You must do so beforehand in preparation for it. You can set one up at All trainings will take place from 10am - 3pm.


May 7: Loogootee, IN, $10 (includes lunch and materials). Download, print, write, and mail registration here .

May 9: Anderson, $15 (includes lunch and materials). Quick online registration here. 

May 14: Monticello, $10 (includes materials; lunch on your own). Download, print, write, and mail registration here.  


Have a great week!
Jennifer Boyle Warner, IASWCD Executive Director

Conservation News Digest


Support Josh Seehorn's Run for Envirothon

As you may have heard, outdoorsman Josh Seehorn has recently begun a more than 4,800-mile trek across the United States in an effort to raise awareness and financial support for Envirothon. Seehorn will be traveling through Indiana along the northern portion of the Discovery Trail. Josh could use your support in finding places to camp or other lodging, providing a meal, and/or helping with local public and media outreach to raise awareness about Envirothon along the way. Contact him here.


Rent "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time"

The IASWCD is renting its copies of Green Fire to SWCDs at no charge. Download the loan agreement, then sign and send it to Liz at [email protected]. We can reserve specified dates if requested!



National Stewardship Week is April 28 - May 5

This year's Stewardship Week theme is "Where Does Your Water Shed?" Look for details of Pathway to Water Quality's announcement that will occur during that week. Pathway to Water Quality is a model watershed exhibit at the Indiana State Fair that receives hundreds of visitors every year!

"Like" Pathway on Facebook, or visit its website for more information. 


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Upcoming Events  

April 10: The Urban Connection Webinar

April 18: NACD Urban & Community Conservation Webinar 

April 20: Herb Society of Central Indiana Spring Symposium


April 28-May 5: National Stewardship Week; "Where Does Your Water Shed?" Look for details of Pathway to Water Quality's announce-
  ment that will occur during that week. PWQ is a model watershed exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.


May 7, 9, 14: Google Tools Workshops. See details on IASWCD District Tools page.


May 15-17: Dynamics of Climate, a facilitator conference for implementing a new toolkit for climate education at Purdue. 


June 27: Surface Mining Soils & Reclamation Field Day (producers needed -please see our calendar for more info) 


Upcoming Deadlines

April 23:
Conservation Partnership Program RFP for funding to increase technical assistance capacity to implement NRCS' Landcape Conservation Initiatives.

April 30: 
is focused on making grants to support environmental,
education, human services and other causes.

May 3:
The Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control has two grant options, a small scale grant project and a larger watershed scale grant project.


May 1:

The Fund for Wild Nature provides small grants

to projects with particular emphasis on those designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity and the ecological issues not currently receiving adequate attention or funding. 


View more grant opportunities here


Other News
"What Plants Talk About," From PBS' Nature 
Dan Towery, from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, shares this video with us, writing that "It does support the thinking that cover crops may have on soil biology and on crop production."

"When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like 'behavior' with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives."

"Everglades of the North" Documentary To Air Again

 "Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh" reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh in how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years. The documentary will be aired on PBS stations WFYI, WFIU, and Lake Shore Public Television in mid-April. Check your local listings for details.