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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



September 2, 2019by ncdea

CALIFORNIA, RCD of Tehama County – Calling all high school students, the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County seeks Tehama County high school students to join the annual Speak-Off Contest, which offers cash prizes for first, second and third place.

The district is one of nearly 100 Resource Conservation Districts all over California. The contest is created by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts to spark interest in districts’ work throughout the state. With a different topic each year, the statewide contest remains relevant and engaging for both the student speaker and audience.

This year’s speech topic question is, “Why do we need to act to save the monarch butterfly? What can RCDs do to help?” Students prepare a 3- to 5-minute speech in response to the two questions and present it to a Red Bluff audience on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Source: Conservation district hosts high school speech contest – Red Bluff Daily News



August 29, 2019by ncdea

CALIFORNIA, CARCD and RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains – At its Aug. 28 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $10.7 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California.

Funded projects include:

  • A $750,000 grant to the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts to administer a block grant to Resource Conservation Districts to implement monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat improvements on privately owned land in various counties.
  • A $390,000 grant to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for a cooperative project with Caltrans, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, to improve wildlife’s ability to cross U.S. Highway 101. This project will restore and enhance an existing wildlife undercrossing approximately nine miles east of Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles County that was damaged in the 2019 Woolsey Fire.

Source: Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects | CDFW News


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