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NEWS

WEST POTTAWATTAMIE

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Vorthmann Selected as 2022
Scholarship Recipient

Ashlyn Vorthmann, an upcoming graduate of Treynor High School was selected as the 2022 West Pott SWCD scholarship winner! She will receive a $500 scholarship at the district level and was also selected to advance to the regional level.  Congrats Ashlyn! 

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West Pott SWCD 2021
Annual Report

Hard to believe it's already that time of year again to publish our  Annual Report!  Seems like just yesterday we were working on the 2020 report.  It has sure been a challenging year due to Covid restrictions, but we were able to push through and still get some conservation practices on the ground!     

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2021 At-a-Glance

Conservation practice funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) totaled $83 million to Iowa farmers in fiscal year 2021, which will help treat natural resource concerns on nearly 323,000 agricultural land acres.  The $83 million obligated dollars in Iowa are a record by more than $9 million, when Iowa NRCS obligated $73.7 million to Iowa farmers in 2018. In fact, the record amount is about $18 million more than the five-year average.  NRCS also wrote 10,245 conservation plans during fiscal year 2021, which cover about 797,000 acres. Conservation plans help producers reduce soil erosion, improve soil health and water quality...........

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Women, Land & Legacy 
Newsletter 2022

In the last year, a number of Iowa counties have shown interest in becoming active with Women Land and Legacy (WLL) and several are now taking steps to make it happen!  The newest WLL chapters are the Winneshiek County WLL Chapter and WLL of Southern Iowa (Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties).  The have developed diverse, effective local teams and are planning their upcoming Listening Sessions......

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Black Locust Control In Natural Areas
By Jason Anderson, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, PF

Black locust is an aggressive tree that can quickly take over grasslands and is a problem for many landowners in southwest Iowa. Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a medium-sized hardwood tree native to the eastern United States. The tree has attractive flowers and foliage which led to it being cultivated and planted for landscaping, allowing it to escape and spread throughout the country. Black locust ...............

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Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Quarterly Report (October- Dec )

I've gotten to do a little bit of everything this quarter, which has made it fun.  I've worked on a diversity of programs including Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Prairie Partners and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) projects.  The bulk of my time has been devoted to planning wildlife EQIP projects...........

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Building a Heritage Farm

One hundred fifty years ago Grant Stuart's great grandfather John settled on a patch of prairie east of Walnut, turning over the virgin sod and made a life for his family plowing the fields. The land was farmed north to south with conventional practices of the time. 

Over the years, advancements in agriculture led the Stuart's to begin adopting conservation practices. The Stuart's philosophy has always been "you don't want to be the first to try something... but you sure don't want to be the last!"

 

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Fifth-Grade Students to Mulch Trees for Arbor Day Friday

Trees are the main focus of Arbor Day. They will certainly be the main item at the Treynor, Iowa Elementary School yar this Arbor Day, Friday, April 30. 

82 students are in the Treynor fifth grade class. It is the biggest class in the school, and the biggest class in Treynor history. These kids will be divided up into teams and with volunteer adult supervision. These kids will use 5-gallon buckets to carry two tons of clean wood mulch. 

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Iowa Farm Families Receive Environmental Leader Award

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Forty-two Iowa farmers have been selected to receive the 2020 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon recognize these Iowa farm families for taking an active role in the state's ongoing conservation efforts, which rely on farmers, landowners and businesses working together to make a difference.. 

Pottawattamie County Bridges Stream Sign Project

This project will help educate and identify some of the major streams and watersheds in Pottawattamie County.  Over the past three years, 57 stream signs have been added at bridges throughout our county.  This project has been successful because of cooperation and contributions of many partners, including both East and West Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

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Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.

 

How do we achieve this mission across more than 45 U.S. states and parts of Canada? Through the dedicated efforts of our: 

-149,000 members 

-Diverse staff including more than 150 wildlife biologists

-More than 700 local chapters   

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Want to Become a Commissioner? Here's How!

If you're qualified to vote in a Pottawattamie County general election, you're an eligible candidate for election to the East Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District board. Each district is governed by five commissioners who are elected at a general elections on a nonpartisan basis for four-year terms. only one commissioner may reside in any single township. You'll need a nominating petition from the county Auditor or SWCD office.  

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