The Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscapes partnership is offering a series of landowner outreach meetings entitled Managing Your Land and Legacy: Opportunities and Options. Attendees will be exposed to federal, state, and private resources and programs all geared to keep agriculture and forestry lands in production by meeting the objectives of the private landowner and producers. Attendees receive a copy of the Conserving Working Lands handbook and a chance to speak to local representatives during the "Conservation Speed Dating" portion.
To increase the number of qualified people committed to working in the field of soil and water conservation. Eligible applicants can receive up to $5,000 a year for each year. The selection committee typically awards 10 to 15 scholarships per year at $1,000 per student
The program's purpose is to improve pasture management on private lands so that pastures are more resilient to future environmental challenges. Historic priorities included strengthening pastures on marginal lands and serving farmers phasing out tobacco production. Phase I was delivered during the 2008 drought. Phase II is underway and is in response to the 2016 drought.
The Foundation is partnering with the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to fund regional Mobile Soils Classrooms. The Mobile Soils Classrooms will be used to teach all citizens about the benefits and the importance of soil health. Below is an example of just some of the many Soils Lab demonstration lessons.
The purpose of the program is to demonstrate to producers that a heavy cereal rye cover crop can be planted in a timely manner, allowed to grow and accumulate biomass, and then be terminated and rolled without using full tillage to provide important short-term benefits (weed control, major disruption of soil moisture conservation, insect suppression) for the subsequent cotton or soybean crop biomass.
The purpose of the program is to promote and refine the use of multi-species cover crops in North Carolina, supporting the national Soil Health Initiative.
Demonstration sites are being established to show producers that a diverse mixture of cover crop species can be planted in a timely manner, allowed to grow and accumulate biomass and nitrogen, and be terminated without tillage.
The purpose of the program is to establish outdoor environmental learning centers on school campuses and other public accessible places. If you know of a good partnering opportunity, contact your local soil and water conservation district office for more details.