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July 21, 2020by Chessa Frahm


Each year the DeSoto Co. SWCD hosts several conservation education programs. These are typically face to face programs to teach children in the community about the importance of conserving our natural resources. In March, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US, that prohibited our Information & Education Specialist, Meleiah Tyus from educating in the schools and local community. Each year the District hosts a week long summer camp in June at Arkabutla Lake in Hernando, MS. Conservation Kids Camp focuses on teaching campers about our natural resources while incorporating STEM activities into each lesson. Tyus started this camp in 2014 and it has proven to be a success year after year. Since she had already finalized the agenda for the annual Conservation Kids Camp, but knew it would eventually end up having to be cancelled she started brainstorming about other ways to she could continue educating about conservation. She first shared educational activities on the District Facebook page followed by adding additional education resources to their website; however, she knew the District could do more!

She reached out to Bowdre Emerson, Chairman of the DeSoto Co. SWCD to discuss outreach efforts. Emerson suggested hosting zoom sessions and from there Tyus created “Conservation Chats”. These weekly zoom education sessions started the last week in May and are held each Wednesday morning at 10am. Local children hop on Zoom with Tyus to engage in a learning lesson followed by a craft to recap the session. So far topics covered include: insects and pollinators, snakes of Mississippi and snake safety, water conservation, recycling, wildlife rehabilitation, and aquatic insects. Tyus invited special guests into a few of the sessions. These guests that have partnered with Tyus to share their knowledge and expertise include: Lauren Wilson with the MS Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Suzanne Burch with MS Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Deb Veeder with the MS Wildlife Federation.

The District is thrilled to be able to offer these sessions this summer and appreciates all the support from the community. Conservation Chats has been a great way to continue educating the children in DeSoto County through this pandemic and the District plans to keep Conservation Chats going throughout the summer or as long as they are needed. For more information about Conservation Chats, please feel free to email Meleiah Tyus at

September 5, 2019by ncdea

VIRGINIA, Culpeper SWCD – A new report is looking at land conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and it highlights a conservation easement at a local farm.

The report showcases success stories of people who have worked to protect land, including Tom and Kim Nixon, the owners of Glenmary Farm in Orange County.

The Nixons worked with the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to put 372 acres of their farm into a conservation easement, protecting it from development.

The property is productive farmland as well as riparian protection along the Rapidan River and wildlife habitat.

Source: Report on land conservation highlights Orange County farm

July 25, 2019by ncdea

KENTUCKY, Pulaski County CD – Annexation may be dead issue but landowners may be interested in a program administered by the Kentucky Division of Conservation aimed at protecting the commonwealth’s best farmland.

“I think it would be fair to say we’ve not had any more interest in the area that was looking to be annexed…than there has anywhere else in Pulaski County,” Pulaski County Conservation District board chairman Rodney Dick noted. “I think that definitely there is renewed interest all over the county.”

“The [state] always wants us to making people aware of all the programs they’ve got to offer,” Program Coordinator John Burnett said, “but we’ve been getting a few people call in with questions about it. We thought it’d be good to put something out there and just inform everybody that it is available and how it works.”

“It sets the land up to stay agricultural,” Burnett explained when asked about the program’s benefits. “The tax rates would be assessed at agricultural value and it cannot be annexed into the city limits because it’s agricultural land.”

Source: Ag district program available to local landowners | Local News |

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