Hello Chapter Members, please find the recording from our latest webinar “Leveraging Partnerships & Digital Tools for Expanding Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Practices in California and Beyond,” posted to our Chapter YouTube Channel HERE
A big ‘thank you’ to CA Resource Conservation District, The Desert Farming Initiative, and Terran Collective in association with Hylo for coming on as our guest speakers! We look forward to watching as your projects progress and believe in the great work you’re doing to bring farming networks together to assist in not only the sustainability of operations, but our natural resources as well.
Please follow along on our journey of highlighting this impactful collection of research that recognizes the landmark research and literature that has contributed to the scientific body of knowledge in No-Till.
Our first installment features a staff report written by Mike Lessiter and published in No-Till Farmer in February 2022. It highlights the work done by the North American No-Till Farmer Research List Project, chaired by Randall Reeder. This Article lists all 15 research projects and works of literature curated by the project and provides a brief description of each.
If you weren’t able to join us for our live webinars, please hop on over to our YouTube Channel and view them at your convenience.
“Riparian Restoration as it Pertains to Southern California Diverse Ecotypes.” by Shae O’Keefe, CA Area 4 Biologist with USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
“Farm Edge Habitat Improvement for Pollinators: Lessons from Sacramento Valley Bee and Butterfly Monitoring.”, by COREY SHAKE – Partner Biologist, Working Lands
Point Blue Conservation Science & Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Please join us on Friday, February 25th from 9:00-10:15 AM PT for a webinar on Improving Wildlife Habitat Quality. Details of the event are in the attached flyer, along with a link to the virtual TEAMS meeting. Please forward to any and all you think this would be of interest to and reach out with any questions. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you there!
Congratulations to our awardees and thank you for all you do for conservation!
The Merit Award was presented to the Center for Land Based Learning- Yolo for outstanding effort or activity in promoting the conservation and development of natural resources in California and/or Nevada. The Center for Land-Based Learning cultivates opportunity for youth, for agriculture, for business, for the environment. Their mission is is inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards.. They currently operate in 27 counties in California and have several programs; SLEWS Program, Farm Leadership, Caring for our Watersheds, Apprenticeship (adult program), SLEWS Academy (adult program), and California Farm Academy. They are extensively involved with every aspect of farming and natural resource conservation and embody the essence of this award.
The Conservation Education Award was presented to Liz Harper, Executive Director of the Colusa County Resource Conservation District and Sarah Lite, Agronomy Farm Advisor with the Sutter-Yuba UC Cooperative Extension, to recognize outstanding conservation education activities in California and/or Nevada. They launched the Soil Health Connection, an informative outreach YouTube channel. The channel hosts virtual discussions and interviews with leading soil science researchers and farmers with the
intention of shedding light on the importance of soil health in California’s agricultural systems.
The Media Award was presented to Brandi Murphy To recognize outstanding news coverage of natural resources conservation issues in California and/or Nevada. Brandi has done an excellent job at recreating and developing the quarterly chapter newsletter, Conservation Perspective. In addition to being the editor, she also maintains the chapter website and many other administrative duties to encourage outreach and chapter correspondence.