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This month we bring you 10 new posts from the WACD Hub.

February 2021 Economic and Revenue Update

Categories: Budget

Summary U.S. employment increased by 49,000 jobs in January; the unemployment rate declined to 6.3%. U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased this week but the four week moving average has remained above 800,000 for nine weeks. U.S. real GDP increased by 4.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020. U.S. residential construction activity continued to grow in December. Washington housing …

Plant Materials Center update: February 25, 2021

Categories: Plant Materials Center

Five things that you should know about the PMC for February 25, 2021: COVID-19 Update All COVID protocols continue. Nobody is out due to quarantine thankfully.  Skagit County has moved to phase 2 of reopening and there are rumors of doses of vaccine in the county but not very many, judging by the lack of available appointments. Sales There have …

WACD Legislative Week Materials & Legislative Lunch

Categories: Featured, How to, State Legislature

WACD Legislative Week Materials & Legislative Lunch WACD Legislative Lunch For those interested or planning to participate in Legislative Week starting March 10th, we invite our members and partners to attend a "Legislative Lunch" virtual event on March 8th from 12 - 1 PM via Zoom. This will be in a style similar to our in-person "Legislative Breakfasts" from previous …
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The template for climate mitigation is soil conservation, says farm-enviro alliance | Successful Farming

Categories: Agriculture, Soil

The new era of climate mitigation on the farm would look like a beefed-up version of longstanding USDA conservation programs, augmented by a carbon bank that sets a floor price for carbon sequestration and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, said leaders of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) on Wednesday. “That’s what we’ve modeled it after,” said Chuck Connor, …

WACD 2021 Legislative Priorities

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Categories: Bills, Budget, Featured, State Legislature

In advance of WACD's 2021 Legislative Week starting on March 10th, staff has prepared a "Legislative 1-Pager" for participating conservation districts to use in their meetings with state legislators. This was prepared by staff, guided by feedback from the Board of Directors, and informed by resolutions adopted by the membership. You can download a copy of the document at this …

February 25th Legislative Flavor

Categories: Bills, State Legislature

February 25th Legislative Flavor For this week’s Legislative Flavor, I thought I should share some of the questions WACD received from our members about legislation this session. I consider it part of my job to be responsive to information requests like these. If there’s a bill you’re hearing about or see on our weekly bill tracker but don’t want to …

Apply — NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY ADAPTATION AND LEADERSHIP CONGRESS

Categories: Diversity & Equity & Inclusion

Applications are now open until April 12, 2021! NYCALC will take place online from July 5 - July 29, 2021. Sessions will be held on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 2pm-6pm EST. The week of July 19th will be offline to accommodate community engagement projects. Source: Apply — NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY ADAPTATION AND LEADERSHIP CONGRESS

Washington’s Sagebrush: A Charred Landscape and a Path Forward | Audubon Washington

Categories: Agriculture, Species At Risk, Wildfire

This proviso supports immediate, no-regret restoration actions that help re-establish native flora and support recovery actions for imperiled species like the endangered pygmy rabbit and threatened Greater sage grouse. It will also aid in economic recovery by supporting landowners in replacing damaged rangeland fencing with updated wildlife-friendly infrastructure, while also making hay available to ranchers to defer grazing, giving burned …

Eat Local First Collaborative Launches Meet Your CSA Farmer Campaign

Categories: Agriculture, Food System

WASHINGTON STATE, February 25, 2021 – With the 2021 growing season underway the Eat Local First Collaborative announces the launch of its Meet Your CSA Farmer campaign now through March 31, 2021. The campaign features a new CSA Finder tool, integrated with Eat Local First and the Washington Food & Farm Finder to help consumers find CSA near them. The CSA Finder allows consumers to customize their search with multiple filters including …

Preliminary February Board Meeting Minutes Now Available

Categories: Board of Directors

A draft set of minutes from WACD's February 15th Board of Directors Meeting is now available on our Board Meetings webpage.  These are unofficial minutes until adopted by the Board.
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