October 2020 Newsletter (now with a new editor!)

Our most recent edition of Conservation Perspective, the quarterly Chapter newsletter, was recently published by our brand new newsletter editor, Brandi Murphy. Brandi is a Soil Conservationist with the NRCS in Colusa, CA. We are so glad to have her join our team and help us get timely and interesting information to our Chapter members.

In this month’s edition, you can learn about ecosystem restoration, the secret life of soils, and a few of our Chapter members themselves! Click the image below to download the full document.

Now Accepting Nominations!

Chapter Leadership:

We are soliciting nominations for Chapter Officers and Executive Council Directors. Nominations (using the nomination form below) are due by August 21, 2020.

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions

  • Secretary (2021-2022 term)
  • Executive Council Director (three seats up for election, 2020-2021 term)
  • President Elect (special one-year term before succeeding current President)

New Chapter leaders will be announced prior to our virtual conference in October.

Chapter Awards:

We are also soliciting nominations for our annual Chapter Awards. Nominations (using the nomination form below) are due by August 28, 2020.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Open to all:
    • Honor: Recognizes special accomplishments contributing to the objectives of the Chapter. Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses are eligible.
    • Merit: Recognizes outstanding effort or activity in promoting the conservation and development of natural resources in California and/ or Nevada. Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses are eligible.
    • Media: Recognizes outstanding news coverage of natural resources conservation issues in California and/ or Nevada. Eligibility is open to all media sources, as well as individual reporters, members of the press, or free-lance reporters and photographers.
    • Conservation Education: Recognizes outstanding conservation education activities in California and/ or Nevada. Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses are eligible.
  • Open to SWCS members only:
    • Distinguished Service: Recognizes unusual and extraordinary activities and significant contribution in furthering the objectives of the Chapter.
    • Chapter Recognition: Recognizes outstanding service to the Chapter.

We almost forgot our Winter Newsletter!

Well, we didn’t forget to write it. We just forgot to post it on here!

Never fear, we’re finally back on track and happy to share with you the most recent issue of Conservation Perspectives, our quarterly newsletter.

Click here… Or click the image below to check out conservation-related news from around the region and beyon!

2020 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted!

We are thrilled to once again be able to offer a scholarship for undergraduates in California and Nevada majoring in a field related to soil and water conservation. One deserving student will be awarded $1,000 to support their pursuit of a career in the field of conservation. Applications are due (postmarked) by February 29, 2020. What better way to celebrate a leap day?

Download the 2020 Scholarship Application Package here…

Remember, your membership in this chapter and participation in our Annual Conferences helps ensure that we can continue to offer this scholarship. Thanks for making this possible!

Chapter Selects 2019 Scholarship Award Winner!

Congratulations to Lizbeth Cordova, a junior at Fresno State majoring in Plant Science with a focus on Plant Health. In addition to her academic pursuits, Lizbeth is involved in Fresno State’s Plant Science Club and founded their Irrigation Club. Lizbeth has many other accolades and personal triumphs that are too much to list here. For now, we want to say “Contgratulations!” to Lizbeth and wish her all the best in her pursuit of a career in soil and water conservation.

2019 Call for Chapter Leadership Nominations

We need you!

Chapter elections are coming up and we need nominees to fill several roles on our Executive Council. These roles offer an opportunity for our members to participate in a free leadership development experience while also providing them the chance to flex their creative muscles in developing new content and new ways to engage Chapter members.

Our upcoming elections will need nominees for treasurer, three directors (at least one representing Nevada), president-elect, and president. Nominees must be Chapter members, but no experience is required to run for these positions. Our current president, John McCann, joined the Executive Council as a director in his first year as an SWCS member. Whether you are a brand new member or have been a member for years, we really hope you’ll consider joining the team and growing with us. 

You can learn more about the responsibilities of our Executive Council positions by reviewing the Chapter’s bylaws.

Members are encouraged to nominate themselves, if interested, or to nominate another Chapter member. Nominations are due August 1 and can be made by email at ca.nv.swcs@gmail.com.

Seeking sponsors for “Women in Conservation” Conference. Reno, NV. May 23-24, 2019.

Planning is coming along well for our Annual Conference. While we usually host these events in the late summer or early fall, we’ve moved up our dates this year in the hopes of engaging more students from the University of Nevada, Reno.

We have several speakers and presenters lined up for both our Thursday Field Tour as well as our Friday Speaker Series. Topics include management of a local organic farm, hydrology research in the Truckee River watershed, using insects as indicators of wetland health, and more! We are especially excited to be hosting Dr. Hailey Wilmer, a social rangeland scientist with the Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, CO, as our keynote speaker.

Lastly, we are opening up our Thursday night Women in Conservation panel discussion to the general public. This event will be free and will provide an environment for a few leading women in the conservation field to discuss their experiences, their achievements, and the future of the field.

If you would like to support this event, as well as the continued conservation of our soil and water resources, by becoming an official sponsor for this event, please download and review the sponsorship request form here. If you have any questions about sponsorship, send us an email using the envelope icon at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

2019 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted!

Objective: The California-Nevada Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society (Chapter) offers an annual scholarship to encourage undergraduate students interested in soil and water conservation, to obtain technical expertise, and to pursue careers in soil and water resources.

Eligibility: Applicants must (1) have successfully completed two years of study at an accredited college, (2) be enrolled in an undergraduate curriculum related to soil and water resources, and (3) have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Evaluation: Applicants will be ranked with 50% of the evaluation based on scholarship, 25% based on activities related to the area of soil and water conservation including membership in professional societies with special emphasis on SWCS, and 25% on demonstrated need. The Chairman of the Chapter Scholarship committee will submit the applications to the committee members and upon consensus, will forward recommendations to the Chapter Executive Council for final evaluation and make the selection of the awardees.

Award: A scholarship of $1000.00 will be awarded before the Fall Semester/Quarter of the 2019-2020 school year (e.g., August 2019 or sooner).

How to Apply: Send completed 2019 Scholarship Application with supporting materials to the address below, postmarked by February 28, 2019:

CA-NV SWCS Scholarship Committee
Tina Vander Hoek
USDA-NRCS
65 Main Street, Suite 108
Templeton, CA 93465

More Information: If you have any questions, send them to ca.nv.swcs@gmail.com.

Vineyard at sunrise.

Last Minute Election and Conference Reminders

Chapter Elections: Response Due by 09/15

Attention all active CA-NV SWCS Chapter members: Online voting has started and will close on September 15. You should have received an email with a unique link to cast your vote on electionbuddy.com. If you have not received this link, please let us know ASAP.

Conference Room Block: Reservation Due 09/17

We have reserved a discounted block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Suisun City, CA for attendees of our Annual Conference. This discount will expire on September 17. Reserve your room by clicking here or by calling 1-866-797-1402. Be sure to use the group code CNC (click “Add special rate codes on the website).

The dates of the Annual Conference are as follows:

  • October 17 (evening): Executive Council Annual Business Meeting (open to Chapter members).
  • October 18 (all day, lunch provided): Field Tour followed by social event.
  • October 19 (all day, lunch provided): Speaker Series with lunch time poster session.

New Newsletter Name: Suggestions Due 10/01

We are looking for a new CA-NV SWCS Newsletter name! For quite some time, our quarterly newsletter has been named “Runoff”. It has been suggested that we should freshen up that name. We need your help to do this.

We are looking for suggestions that are be no more than three words and reflect or be derived from the soil and water resources or their associated processes that our Chapter seeks to enhance.

Suggestions may be made by Chapter members and non-members alike. The winning name will be selected by a vote at the Annual Conference on October 19. Click here to suggest a new name.

Annual Conference: Registration Due 10/05

We are finishing up the details of our Annual Conference. This year’s theme is Soil Health in Northern California: Restoring Function in Agricultural and Wildland Settings. We invite anyone with an interest in soils and agriculture in California to join us as we learn about what makes a healthy soil, how soils affect California’s wine country, and how to recover soil function after fire. Registration for both days of the conference is only $200 and includes lunch both days. Complete your registration here.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is Outreaching Summer 2019 Natural Resource Jobs

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, H-T for short, is getting the word out now for seasonal positions that will be hired for next summer.

Read the list of jobs and location descriptions here!

The H-T is the largest National Forest outside of Alaska and offers a wide range of natural resource management experiences from wildlife, to rangeland management, to hydrology, and more. Don miss these opportunities to get paid to enjoy and conserve your public lands.

Note: Many of these jobs will require applications during the month of September. The agency is working with new hiring and federal security requirements which requires the huge lag time between applications and the beginning of actual work.