Pacific Region Archives - NCDEA


September 11, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, Cascadia CD – Nearly $200,000 in wildfire education grant money has been given to Wenatchee’s Wildfire Project and Cascadia Conservation District. The $194,000 grant was awarded through the department of Commerce. Senator Brad Hawkins of East Wenatchee initiated a budget proviso “to promote education about wildfires to public school students of all ages, and to expand community outreach.”

The Cascadia Conservation District was also awarded a No Child Left Inside grant in the amount of $25,000 from the state to support various projects.

“These funds will serve thousands of students in North Central Washington over the next two years. Hands-on outdoor education programs like this connect our students to the natural world as well as local professionals and experts in natural resource management. Through these programs we hope to inspire the next generation to appreciate and care for their local and global environment,” said Amanda Newell, Education & Outreach Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District.

The Cascadia Conservation District is a non-regulatory entity established to provide landowners with technical and financial assistance with natural resource projects in all of Chelan County.

Source: Nearly $200,000 in wildfire education grants awarded to two Wenatchee organizations



September 6, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, Skagit CD – Federal money is helping Skagit County dairy farmers better manage manure while lessening the environmental impacts of the farms.

At Wesen Organic Dairy in Bow, Dean Wesen said the farm has plans to install a concrete walkway or “cow sidewalk” in the farm’s pasture with federal conservation dollars specifically for farmers.

The Skagit Conservation District works with farmers to help them manage natural resources on their properties. Manager Bill Blake said there is interest in using EQIP funds for irrigation efficiency, such as the installation of sprinklers to water crops.

Blake said the district relies on a combination of state and federal money to assist farmers.

Source: Federal funds help Skagit County farmers mitigate manure | Livestock | postregister.com



September 2, 2019by ncdea

CALIFORNIA, Sonoma RCD – “FARMS Leadership taught me the impact we have on our environment and why sustainable farming is important,” stated Fernando Isol of North Bay Met Academy upon his final day in FARMS Leadership. The Sonoma Resource Conservation District’s longest standing youth education program of over twenty years, FARMS (Farming, Agriculture, and Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership provides innovative, hands-on experiences to urban, suburban and rural youth at working farms, agri- businesses and universities. A state-wide program facilitated by the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL), our graduates join approximately 300 other students in California that complete the program annually.

Over the course of the academic year, the students directly engage with Sonoma County’s local agricultural producers and stewards of the environment in a series of on-farm field day experiences. Participants develop leadership skills and learn about agricultural practices that contribute to a healthier ecosystem, while connecting them to where their food comes from. The impact on the students is long lasting, some alumni seeking jobs within agriculture and conservation while others gain knowledge of our local food systems, importance of our working landscape as a tool for natural resource conservation, and feel more confident to engage in community service.

Source: Two Decades of Educating the Next Generation of Conservationists


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