Nominations for Chapter Elections Now Being Accepted

The time has come for soliciting nominations for certain Chapter Officers and Executive Council Directors. As outlined in our Chapter Bylaws, all nominations must be approved by the Nominating Committee unless submitted as a written petition signed by no fewer than ten Chapter members. Nominations (using the nomination form below) are due by August 6 and should be submitted to the Chapter Secretary, Erika Boyland.

 Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

  • Executive Council Director (three seats up for election, 2019-2020 term)
  • Secretary (2019-2020 term)
  • President-Elect (special one year term before succeeding current President)

Download the nomination form and detailed instructions here.

Let’s learn about wetlands!

There is a nine-part webinar series starting this Friday (June 22, 2018) on wetlands that we think you may find useful. This FREE series is being hosted by the Association of State Wetland Managers.

You can learn more about the series here…

The nine webinar sessions will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Wetlands (Scheduled for June 22, 2018)
  2. Wetlands in a Watershed/ at the Landscape Scale
  3. Wetland Ecology for Planners: How a Wetland Should Function
  4. Wetland Ecology for Planners: Examples of Variation Across the United States
  5. Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered Landscapes
  6. Identifying Resource Concerns and Determining Landowner Objectives
  7. How to Talk about Wetlands with Landowners
  8. What are Wetland Restoration Choices? Matching Objectives to Programs and Getting Additional Help
  9. Dealing with Challenging Weather Patterns in Restoration Planning

2018 Chapter Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

The California-Nevada Chapter is now accepting nominations for our Chapter Awards which will be presented at the 2018 Annual Conference in October. Awards categories are as follows:

  • Distinguished Service: For unusual and extraordinary activities and significant contribution in furthering the objectives of the CA-NV SWCS. Only SWCS members are eligible for this award.
  • Honor: For special accomplishments contributing to the objectives of the CA-NV SWCS. Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses are eligible for nomination.
  • Chapter Recognition: The Chapter Recognition award is presented to recognize a member who has provided outstanding service to the Chapter.
  • Merit: For 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 for nomination.
  • Media: To recognize 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: To recognize outstanding conservation education activities in California and/ or Nevada. Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses are eligible for nomination.

Download the nomination form here…

Remember, you don’t have to be an SWCS member to make a nomination. We can’t wait to see all the deserving nominees!

Soil Health in Northern California: Restoring Function in Agricultural and Wildland Settings


We’ve got a theme, date, and location set for our 2018 Annual Conference! Details are still being organized, but you can keep up with the latest information by RSVPing to the facbook event here. Keep an eye out for ticket information in the near future.

Theme: Soil Health in Northern California: Restoring Function in Agricultural and Wildland Settings
Date: October 18 & 19
LocationHampton Inn and Suites Suisun City Waterfront (Suisin City, CA)

We hope to explore topics related to soil health restoration, post fire recovery, and vineyard management. If you know of projects or research that we should include in our agenda, please send us an email and let us know!

Upcoming UCLA Conference Examines Water Management in the Middle East & Africa


The severe water crises facing areas of the Middle East and Africa have significant implications for the health, welfare and security of the regions’ people. Today, issues related to water availability and quality – including food security, sanitation and health, and economic development – have become both more complex and critical to address in these parts of the world. In this context, the resource can be both a source of cooperation and conflict among and within communities and nations.

The international conference Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict will provide a forum for scholars and experts to discuss the challenges linked to water resources facing these areas. The speakers will share innovative technology and policy solutions being developed and implemented in the regions that tackle problems at the local, national, and trans-national levels.

The UCLA conference is also a unique opportunity to compare water issues facing these regions and other parts of the world, including California, which confront similar challenges – from drought, water contamination, inadequate or outdated infrastructure, and competing claims of agriculture and rural and urban areas – in order to ensure adequate and safe water supplies for their populations.

Learn more and register here:

Runoff: Spring ’18 Newsletter

Spring has sprung and we’ve got some Chapter updates to share.

While more snow is being added to the Sierras, we are bringing you a fresh new Runoff, our quarterly Chapter newsletter. It’s chock-full of announcements about the Chapter, highlights of local and international soil and water news, and a spotlight on a few of our members who are doing great things! We hope you enjoy this publication and we always welcome feedback.

Forest Restoration and Water Webinar: March 8

Join the National Forest Foundation on March 8 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific) for a web-based peer learning session entitled Forest Landscape Restoration and Water. The following is the description of the event from the Foundation:

Recognizing the importance of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Programs (CFLRP) and other landscapes in providing high quality freshwater to downstream communities and instream biota, this webinar seeks to:
– Discuss the effects on water quality, quantity, and timing from the different types of forest management and restoration activities that occur on National Forest System lands (thinning, prescribed fire, roads, etc.).
– Enhance understanding of the regional variabilities in responses of water quality and quantity to forest management.
– Provide an overview of monitoring methods and case studies practitioners can use to better understand the connection between forest management activities and water quality and quantity in their area.

You can register for the event by clicking here.