Conservation Update
August 13 - August 26 2015 
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Statewide News 

DNR Forestry Strategic Planning Meetings 

Hoosiers can offer input on the DNR Division of Forestry's 2015-2019 strategic plan at three public meetings in September. The plan can be accessed by visiting Click on the link for "Publications and Presentations."
Division Director John Seifert and other staff members will outline the plan, answer questions and take comments.
The dates and locations are:
Monday, Sept. 216:30-8:30 p.m., at Indiana State Museum, 3rd floor Museum Conference Room, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.
Tuesday, Sept. 226:30-8:30 p.m., at Honeywell Center, Nixon Room, 275 W. Market St., Wabash.
Wednesday, Sept. 236:30-8:30 p.m., at Cool Springs Education Center. The entrance to the center is located off of State Road 64, about 8 miles west of Huntingburg, on the left.

Annual Awards Applications Due Sept. 4

Applications for the following awards presented each year at the Annual Conference of Indiana SWCDs are due next Friday, September 4. More information and application forms are available at the links below.
Purdue Forage Field Guide Available Soon

The newest edition of the Purdue Forage Field Guide will be available soon and can be ordered with custom covers. 

The guide is expected to be released in mid-November. The new edition of the guide is fully revised with updated selection information, nutrient management, pest management and more. 

Copies can be reserved now and if you would like custom covers they must be ordered by September 28. Visit the Purdue website for more information on ordering.

Regional News

News in the Western Lake Erie Basin

NRCS to Invest More in WLEB Region

USDA-NRCS will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin.

The funding is being available made through the  EQIP and will allow NRCS to help farmers apply selected conservation practices shown to help water quality.

In addition to this targeted funding, NRCS is also leveraging partner investments through the new nation-wide Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) through a project benefiting water quality by reducing the runoff of phosphorous into the waterways in the western Lake Erie basin. NRCS is investing $17.5 million into this project - the largest investment in the first round of RCPP - which is joined by state governments and other partners.

New ISDA Webpage Showcases WLEB Progress

A new page on the ISDA website will showcase conservation efforts, rainfall, resources, and more regarding the WLEB region. Visit the website to learn more and share!
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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.

September 12 - Ag Field Day

September 14-15 and 16-17 - Wetland Restoration Workshops

Resolutions Due
September 10

Now is the time to consider and submit resolutions for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting. 

Please submit resolutions to be heard at the 2016 Annual Conference no later than Thursday, September 10, 2015. Resolutions received after 4 p.m. on September 10 will not be accepted. 

More information and guidelines can be found on the IASWCD website.
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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.

District Coordinator - Dearborn County SWCD

District Technician - Clay County

District Manager - Greene County

Executive Director - Owen County