Conservation Update
May 21 - June 3, 2015 
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District Spotlight

Soil Health Op-Ed from Delaware SWCD

Soil erosion. (Photo: Getty Images/Muncie Star Press)

Candace Kindt, Soil Health Director for the Delaware County SWCD, wrote the following opinion piece which was featured in her local newspaper. Nice work spreading the conservation message, Candace! Below is an excerpt of her letter - you can read the full piece at the Muncie Star Press website.

Looking back to the 1930s, a time when dust storms ravaged the Great Plains - the harsh wind ripping through the countryside and kicking up our precious soil. Hard to imagine? Perhaps. Yet this was the reality only decades ago.

I must admit, this idea seems preposterous when looking at our own countryside. Indiana was hardly different, our soil was eroding away; our sediment filled creeks can attest to that. Yes, soil erosion had reached a traumatic level; we were losing our soil, the very thing that allows us to grow food for our nation.

Today, you may here the term "soil health" whispered in select company. Soil is the life blood of farming, we not only want to keep our soil on our land but to also feed it as a living system. Click to continue reading!

Conservation Client Gateway




Last week, USDA-NRCS launched a new online tool for communicating with producers and providing conservation assistance, the Conservation Client Gateway. This is helpful information to share with producers in your district.

Conservation Client Gateway is a USDA public website that allows individual landowners and land users the secure ability to request conservation technical and financial assistance from NRCS. Conservation Client Gateway provides users the alternative to work with NRCS via the Internet as a supplement to in-person support. 

According to State Conservationist Jane Hardisty, Conservation Client Gateway is available 24/7, so producers can work with NRCS on their schedule. "No more trips to the field office just to sign a document, Hardisty said. "No waiting until office hours to check the status of applications or view conservation plans."


With Conservation Client Gateway producers can request technical and financial conservation assistance, review and sign conservation plans and practice schedules, complete and sign an application for conservation programs, document completed practices and request certification of completion, and more. Find more information on the USDA-NRCS website.


Save the Date: Supervisor Summit


The annual Supervisor Summit will be held on August 25 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville. Join other SWCD Supervisors at a workshop geared specifically towards the leadership roles of these important positions.Interactive sessions will explore and build upon concepts of Supervisor responsibilities and challenges relating to proactive district management. Discussions will center around topics such as, but not limited to: CWI project planning, board meetings, supervisor recruitment, and personnel management. Discussions will be led by fellow SWCD Supervisors and other Partnership leaders.


Registration links and a full agenda will be available soon! For now, see the save the date flyer for location details.


Call for Proposals

NACD is pleased to invite districts, state associations, conservation partners, and professionals to submit presentation proposals for the NACD Annual Meeting, January 30-February 3, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. 


NACD offers a number of informational sessions during the meeting, focusing on the work of districts and their partners across the country. Sessions address natural resource issues as well as operations, funding, technologies, and partnerships. They typically run one hour, and in most cases, showcase several presentations at 20-30 minutes each. These are some of the most popular activities among attendees at the annual meeting! To see presentations given at the 2015 Annual Meeting, click here.  


If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete this form and return to Katie Stump by email at [email protected] or fax (202-547-6450) by no later than Friday, July 31. 


All presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and registration costs; however, if you are planning to attend only the day of your presentation, no registration is required.For the latest details on the 2016 NACD Annual Meeting, click here.

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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.

RCPP Webinar

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. 


During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.


USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST


To join the webinar, visit this website on the day of the webinar. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.


USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.

State Bicentennial Conservation Project 

Jacob Widner, a graduate student at Purdue University, is creating an environmental profile of the 92 counties of Indiana covering conservation efforts, renewable energy initiatives, protected ecological reserves, endangered species and environmental challenges faced by the specific county. He needs districts' help to provide him with information about the work you are doing! If you are interested in sharing, please email him at [email protected]
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Job Openings

Please email job descriptions, instructions for applying, and a deadline in a single PDF file to [email protected] to be included.

BiologistIndiana Army National Guard

Watershed SpecialistIndiana Army National Guard

Environmental TechnicianIndiana Army National Guard

ArchaeologistIndiana Army National Guard

Endangered Species Program ManagerIndiana Army National Guard