2021 Chapter Award Winners!

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.

Your Chapter Leadership for 2022

As we continue to settle in to a new year, we’d like to introduce you to your Chapter Leadership for 2022. Please take a moment and reach out to any of us if you’d like to learn more about opportunities to serve our Chapter.

Robert Roy, Interim President

Brandi Murphy, President-Elect

Sonya Miller, Past-President

Tom Esgate, Treasurer

Katlyn Lonergan, Secretary

Austin Avwunudiogba, Director

Celine Morales, Director

Erik Beardsley, Director

Pamela Hertzler, Director

Zahangir Kabir, Director

Catch our Webinar Recordings on YouTube!!

Hey y’all, if you missed the opportunity to catch our webinar live, we invite you to head on over to our YouTube page and subscribe to our channel so you’ll be notified when new videos are posted. Here are the recordings for your convenience:

Water Related Impacts of Cover Crops Webinar-Jeff Mitchell, Alyssa DeVincentis, Anna Gomes, Daniele Zaccaria, and Samuel Sandoval-Solis present a webinar on “Water Related Impacts of Cover Crops”. Sponsored in partnership with Area9 San Joaquin Valley Association of RCDs Partners plus the CA-NV Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

CA NV SWCS 2021 Chapter Awards Presentation – California Nevada Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society present the 2021 Conservation Education, Merit and Media Chapter Awards.

Check out this article published in Morning Ag Clips December 23, 2021!

This almond orchard near Durham in Butte County, shown in 2017, was one of 10 sites studied to determine soil water content in cover cropped versus non-cover cropped almond orchards and tomato fields from 2016 to 2019. (Courtesy Photo)

New cover crop research can help groundwater sustainability agencies plan
Cover crops seem to offset their water use by improving soil moisture retention

2021 CA-NV Award Nominations are Open

Please take this opportunity to nominate a deserving individual for one of our annual Chapter awards. Here is the link to the nomination form: 

Nomination form for 2021 CA-NV Chapter Awards

Nominations will be accepted through September 24th and the awardees will receive their awards at our Virtual Conference this year in October.  

–Awards Committee

Brandi Murphy, Celine Morales, & Erik Beardsley

CA NV SWCS Officer Nominations due by August 31, 2021

Positions to be Elected in 2021 and Associated Responsibilities

  • President
    • General responsibilities for the affairs of the Chapter, shall arrange the program for the Annual Business Meeting, shall preside at the Annual Business Meeting and sessions of the Chapter Executive Council, and shall have charge of the election of officers.
  • President-Elect (This position will serve for two years before succeeding the current President for a two-year term from 2024-2025).
    • In the absence or disability of the President, the President-Elect performs the duties of the President. The President-Elect serves as the coordinator of the membership of the Chapter and organizes the Annual Conference.
  • Three Council Directors
    • Council Directors attend regular teleconference meetings and the annual Business Meeting to provide guidance on Chapter activities. Directors should serve on one or more committees (e.g., the Chapter Scholarship, the Chapter Awards, or the Annual Conference Planning committee, etc.).

Link to announcement below with more details and instructions.

New webinar posted

We want to thank all of you who participated on the CA NV SWCS Webinar on 7/14/21.  Sonia Rios’s presentation was full of technical knowledge regarding high density avocado planting and avocado production in general.   Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties we were not able to capture the entire presentation.  However, we were able to record the Q & A Session fully.  To watch this session, please go to the following link at our Youtube Channel.  https://youtu.be/7Lnm57uw-XU

As always, thank you for your support and make sure to watch for the next SWCS webinar invite for August.