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Field Day at Mountain Research Station

The Field Day at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC will be a great event for agricultural producers to get the latest updates on agricultural research and to see the latest and best available tools and equipment at the trade show. The NRCS Partner Biologists for the Hellbender Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative will be in attendance with information about the program. 

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Native grasses win performance tests

Native grasses win performance tests

More than one study shows good gains and low costs from native forages.

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The Dynamic Darters: A Private Lands Conservation Success Story

The Dynamic Darters: A Private Lands Conservation Success Story

Found in one of the most biologically diverse water systems in the Southeast, the bridled and holiday darters are rebounding.

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TN Workshop - Native grasses in Prescribed Grazing Systems

Using Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System Participants will learn the latest research-supported methods for reliable native forage establishment and grazing management to maintain grass vigor and animal performance through the summer. This training is being presented by The Center for Native Grasslands Management and NBCI through a grant provided by Quail Forever and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in support of the Working Lands For Wildlife: Bobwhite in Grasslands project. Topics to be covered: Bobwhite basics, bobwhite habitat considerations in grazing lands Overview of native warm-season grass (NWSG) establishment Why use NWSG in your grazing system – animal performance and economics How to manage NWSG forages – maintaining vigor and productivity, impact on bobwhite and other grassland birds NWSG in complementary cool-season grass systems Registration: No registration fee, but registration is required. Please RSVP to jhodge34@utk.edu. Lunch will be provided to participants.

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IN Workshop - Native grasses in Prescribed Grazing Systems

Using Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System Participants will learn the latest research-supported methods for reliable native forage establishment and grazing management to maintain grass vigor and animal performance through the summer. This training is being presented by The Center for Native Grasslands Management and NBCI through a grant provided by Quail Forever and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in support of the Working Lands For Wildlife: Bobwhite in Grasslands project. Topics to be covered: Bobwhite basics, bobwhite habitat considerations in grazing lands Overview of native warm-season grass (NWSG) establishment Why use NWSG in your grazing system – animal performance and economics How to manage NWSG forages – maintaining vigor and productivity, impact on bobwhite and other grassland birds NWSG in complementary cool-season grass systems. Registration: No registration fee, but registration is required. Please RSVP to jhodge34@utk.edu. Lunch will be provided to participants.

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Third Thursday Web Forum: Updates and applications of USGS Gap Analysis Project data

“Updates and applications of USGS Gap Analysis Project data” with Nathan Tarr, Research Associate at the Biodiversity and Spatial Information Center within the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

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Climate and Conservation Coffee

Join others in the Triangle area landscape conservation and climate change community for coffee and conversation on the 1st Thursday of each month at 9 am. In June, let’s meet at Cup a Joe in Mission Valley shopping center, probably at one of the outside tables. This is a new format for what used to be the Triangle Climate and Landscape Researchers’ Brown Bag lunch

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Greg Judy Talks Electric Fencing and Gates for Sheep and Cattle

Greg Judy Talks Electric Fencing and Gates for Sheep and Cattle

While Greg designed these fences to keep goats, sheep and guardian dogs in, they work for his cattle too. See what he’s using and consider how you’d adapt it to your operation.

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Ag a perfect place to 'do science' (Editorial)

Ag a perfect place to 'do science' (Editorial)

Using agriculture as a venue for science aligns perfectly with the “do science” mentality. The hands-on action-oriented learning in real-life conditions tricks young students into learning by stimulating their senses and curiosity. It exposes them to so many scientific realms that they often learn they like something they never knew about.

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How the South Fights Fire with Fire, and What the West Can Learn

How the South Fights Fire with Fire, and What the West Can Learn

Most years Georgia intentionally burns around a million acres of forest. That’s about 30 times the size of California’s prescribed burns. Florida performs prescribed burns over twice that much land. That’s according to data from the national interagency fire center and compiled by the non-profit Climate Central.

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OH Workshop - Using Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System

Ohio NRCS’s Working Lands For Wildlife (WLFW) Bobwhites in Grasslands Initiative in conjunction with partners are pleased to announce the upcoming Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System Workshop to be held July 16th. Attached please find the flyer and information below on how to register. To register: http://www.highlandswcd.com/events.html Featured speakers include: Dr Pat Keyser, University of Tennessee, Center of Native Grasslands Management and Bob Hendershot, ODA-DSWC, Retired NRCS Grasslands Coordinator

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Final Agenda & Notes (links) - Partners Meeting - 2018-04-19

Greater Appalachian Conservation Partnership Meeting - April 19th at NCTC 10:00-4:00

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Conservation and Inspiration in the Tennessee River Basin

Conservation and Inspiration in the Tennessee River Basin

An article from the Tennessee River Basin Network's third annual meeting, highlighting the work being done in one of America's most biologically diverse watersheds.

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New Handouts Summarize Tree Species Responses to Climate Change

New Handouts Summarize Tree Species Responses to Climate Change

NIACS created a series of 2-page handouts that summarize how individual tree species are expected to respond to climate change across the Northeast based on regional climate change vulnerability assessments. Each handout includes model projections based on future climate scenarios and models like the Climate Change Tree Atlas. We think they're a handy way to show a lot of information and get people thinking about managing climate change risk and opportunity. Handouts are available for subregions within each of the three project areas: New England and Northern New York Mid-Atlantic Central Appalachians

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Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change Project Now Underway

A new study is underway in New Hampshire's northwoods that will further our understanding of management options for climate change adaptation. The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a collaborative effort among scientists and land managers to develop a network of experimental silvicultural trials in different forest ecosystem types throughout the United States, and the Second College Grant, located in the Northern Forest region of New Hampshire and owned and managed by Dartmouth College, is one of five ASCC study sites. The project was initiated last fall and launched into full-force this spring with pre-treatment data collection. Timber harvests began this summer to implement forest management treatments demonstrating the three adaptation options of resistance, resilience, and transition. Scientists and managers will be planting tree species that have been identified as future-adapted for the transition treatment next spring, which includes northern red oak, bitternut hickory, eastern white pine, eastern hemlock, basswood, black birch, bigtooth aspen, and chestnut. To learn more about the Second College Grant ASCC project, contact the Site Leads Tony D'Amato or Chris Woodall.

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Northeast Climate Science Center Webinar Series

The Northeast Climate Science Center has a great lineup of interesting webinars scheduled for this fall. Topics will include invasive species, maple syrup production, and forest adaptation.

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Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Environmental Heterogeneity to Identify Seed Sources and Conservation Corridors Online Lecture

The eighth in the Eastern Seed Zone Forum's online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested parties discuss the possibility of drafting seed zone guidelines for the eastern United States. Anantha Prasad, USDA Forest Service, will evaluate current and future habitat-fitness and colonization potential of intraspecific genetic zones from inferred evolutionary lineages. He will also illustrate how the colonization of suitable habitats can be modeled opportunistically in the landscape to identify potential future conservation corridors.

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2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference

This conference will cover a range of climate preparedness and resiliency issues such as: sea level rise, urban heat, and both coastal and inland flooding issues. The conference is geared for small government planners and decision-makers striving to create healthy resilient communities with how to better handle severe weather and climate impacts. This conference guides local government planners on how to make climate resilience an aspect of their daily operations.

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Climate Academy Online Course

This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural resources and provides participants an opportunity to interact with experts as they address case studies across multiple habitat types.

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