Conservation Update
February 12 - February 25, 2015 
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Funding & Programs 

Below are several upcoming grants of interest to Districts or producers you work with. These are just a sample of the most recent announcements. More funding opportunities are always available in the latest GrantStation edition on the IASWCD website.

ISDA Specialty Crop Block Grants
Does your district work with specialty crop growers? The ISDA is accepting specialty crop block grants now through
May 1. Proposed projects can include a focus on research for conservation outcomes, among other objectives. 

Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program
The Great Lakes Commission is offering a great opportunity for districts and partners in the Great Lakes Basin area for additional funding. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is accepting applications through April 24 for projects that directly relate to reduction of sedimentation and/or phosphorus into the Great Lakes. More information here.

National Water Quality Initiative Program
USDA-NRCS is accepting applications from eligible landowners for the National Water Quality Initiative Program for four watersheds in Indiana: Silver Creek, Beargrass Creek, Ell Creek, and Eagle Creek. Contact your local NRCS office to apply.

Conservation Events

Conservation Day at the Statehouse

March 24 is Conservation Day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Join over 35,000 Hoosiers represented by INCA to speak up for natural resources in our state. 

If you can't attend in person, mark your calendar to call your state Senator or Representative to express your concern. Talking points and contact information for legislators will be sent out closer to the date.


"What's In Your WILD Backyard?" Workshop

This March the Indiana Wildlife Federation will launch a new program at the Monon Center in Carmel's Central Park. Families looking to engage with nature and learn about creating wildlife habitat are encouraged to register for the What's In Your WILD Backyard? workshop. The 3-part program will be held March 7, 14, and 21 from 10-11:30am and is open to all ages.  

 

Participants will be introduced to Indiana's native species, explore the links between their backyards and larger ecosystems, and develop skills for attracting beneficial wildlife. Kids will enjoy learning about habitats and animals through crafts, scavenger hunts, and other fun and educational activities. 

 

The workshop cost per family is $45 and includes a 1-year membership to the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Membership offers great benefits like a subscription to IWF's quarterly newsletter, access to members-only field trips, and more!

Visit The Indiana Wildlife Federation website to register.

 
District Spotlight

We're looking for stories from your district about different or new projects you're doing! If you have an idea to share, email emily-neitzel@iaswcd.org to be included in a future newsletter.

Wells County Adopts a Highway

For nearly two years, the Wells County SWCD has been participating in the Indiana Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program to clean up the roadsides of state and federal highways.

Pictured are from left to right, Dale Thomas, supervisor; Dave Ramseyer, supervisor; Kelley Barkell, District Conservationist; Leann Nash, supervisor; Chad Fiechter, supervisor. Not pictured but also participating was Lynne Huffman, district coordinator.  Others participating in this project have included Kevin Brickley, supervisor and Dave Lefforge, ISDA Resource Specialist.
From left to right, Dale Thomas, supervisor; Dave Ramseyer, supervisor; Kelley Barkell, District Conservationist; Leann Nash, supervisor; Chad Fiechter, supervisor. Not pictured but also participating was Lynne Huffman, district coordinator. Others participating in this project have included Kevin Brickley, supervisor and Dave Lefforge, ISDA Resource Specialist. Photo courtesy of Wells SWCD.

Two to four times per year, the SWCD employees and supervisors team up to pick up trash in a designated two-mile strip on State Road 1. INDOT provides all of the materials, and with such a large group of volunteers, Wells County usually has their area cleaned up in a couple of hours. 

District coordinator Lynne Huffman, said that their participation in the program has been beneficial in several ways. A sign with the Wells County SWCD's name is present along their strip of highway, getting their name out in front of the local public. It also contributes directly towards helping keep the environment in their county clean. Aside from those benefits, it has also been a great bonding experience for the district staff and employees, as well as other ICP partners from ISDA who have joined the effort!

Story submitted by Lynne Huffman
 
Social Media Toolkit

Many districts are really taking advantage of the potential of social media to share the conservation message with a wide audience. Below is some great content about the 2015 International Year of Soils from USDA-NRCS that you can use as part of your regular posting schedule. The more organizations and districts we have sharing a consistent message of soil health and conservation, the better!

Multimedia

The International Year of Soils webpage has tons of  infographics and images for eye-catching Facebook posts. 



Hashtags

Is your district on Twitter? Connect with others talking about the International Year of Soils by using their selected hashtags:

#IYS2015
#NRCS
#conservation

More Information 

These links have some great information to share with your followers. You can find links to their Youtube videos and more. If you want to maximize your character space on Twitter, shorten links with a free site like Bitly.


 
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Events

These are just a few of the upcoming events around the state. You can find many more on the Conservation Calendar and the Soil Health Events Calendar.



Job Openings

Please email job descriptions, instructions for applying, and a deadline in one PDF to emily-neitzel@iaswcd.org to be included.

CCSI - Agronomist
Apply online at the Purdue Careers site. More details are available here, but you must apply through the Purdue website to be considered.

Shelby County - Natural Resource Specialist
Description and instructions to apply are available here.

Johnson County - Ag Resource Specialist
Download the description here.

Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation - Outreach & Marketing Specialist
Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Jasper County - District Administrative Assistant
Download the description and application.

Apply online here. This is a paid internship.

Apply online here. This is a paid internship.
Announcements

The LaGrange County SWCD is selling two new-old stock Aquamat nose pumps, a watering system for small to medium herd rotational grazing. They would like to sell them for around $200 each. Please contact Martin Frank at Martin.Franke@in.nacdnet.net if you are interested.