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CTD Newsletter - July 2017


CTD TNI

The Annual CTD FY17-18 Training Needs Inventory is here! Please take a few minutes and let us know what trainings you need for the next year. Your responses will be used to prioritize training events across the state. Thank you in advance for your help!!

Please take the survey HERE.


NMP Course Reflection

Our 2017 Nutrient Management Considerations in Conservation Planning (NMP) training, held in late June in Ellensburg, was a big hit! We changed things up this year and had special group and individual planning exercises in addition to daily learning quizzes, field days, and loads of great speakers and presenters. As usual, students left with more information then they could digest, but luckily, we have moved to a digital information sharing and students now have access to all course materials and can review post class. We also tried out a new “virtual” learning day, with good response. This allows us to keep trainings to a relevant length and bring in speakers from all over, while reducing travel costs and time away for students. We are looking forward to the follow up Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development training in Spring 2018, where we will have even more great changes (including a new west side venue) and speakers!

Thanks to all for a great year of training!


*Aglearn/eauthentication Accounts*

This is a friendly reminder to all of those with Aglearn accounts to remember to log in to your account every 30 days to main access by using your eauthentication User ID and password to get into Aglearn. The CTD recommends setting up a reminder in your Outlook calendar. If you do not take the Information Security Assessment your account will be inactivated, this normally happens around April of each year. If you are locked out of Aglearn, contact the Aglearn helpdesk directly to reactive your account: NRCS.AgLearn@ftw.usda.gov. If your eauthentication account is inactivated or your password does not work you need to contact eauthentication helpdesk directly. Here is more information to help you provided from our Washington NRCS partners:

eAuthentication Password Expiry:

Customer eAuthentication accounts expire. Upon expiration, you will be redirected to set a new password at login. If you have forgotten your password or User ID you can use the self-service recovery features on the USDA eAuthentication web site at https://www.eauth.usda.gov/MainPages/index.aspx by selecting “Update your account”.  Select the Self-Service Password and follow the provided instructions.

If you cannot reset your password, using the self-recovery features, call the eAuth Help Desk at 1-800-457-3642 (Option 1), or send an email to eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov. If your email account has changed call, not email the eauthentication Help Desk. The Help Desk will ask a series of questions to help prove your identity. 

  • The standard process is to send the password reset information to the email address in your eAuth account.  If your email is incorrect, you will need to inform the Help Desk.  If it’s wrong, you will not receive the password reset email. The Help Desk can provide the password over the phone, if they have fully proven your identity, by answering your security questions.
  •  Once the password is reset. Your will be instructed to go to the USDA eAuthentication web site at https://www.eauth.usda.gov/MainPages/index.aspx and select  “Update your account”.
  • Login and update your email and other contact information.

Accounts Disabled Due to Inactivity:  

The USDA eAuthentication accounts  will be disabled due to lack of activity.  An account that is disabled state due to inactivity cannot be used until it is re-enabled. Once an account is disabled, you will have to contact the USDA eAuthentication Help Desk to request your account be re-enabled. You will have to prove you are the account holder by answering certain security questions (i.e., PIN, MMN, etc.). You can call the eAuth Help Desk at 1-800-457-3642 (Option 1), or email them at eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov  to request assistance. 


District Highlight: Getting to Know You


District Name: Pierce Conservation District
Size: Pierce County, 1,806 square miles
Population: 861,312 (2016 Census Estimate)

# Employees: 22

Main Programs:

  • Water Quality Improvement
  • Farm Planning & Agricultural Assistance
  • Harvest Pierce County (Urban Agriculture)
  • Habitat Improvement
  • Environmental Education

Key Partners:

Pierce County, local cities, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, PCC Farmland Trust, Forterra, Nisqually Land Trust, WA Department of Ecology, WA Department of Natural Resources, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, USDA/NRCS, Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, local Salmon Enhancement Groups, Tagro, WSU Extension, and Washington Conservation Commission.

Most Proud of:

Depave Puget Sound: Through a recent grant from the National Estuary Program, the District will be conducting three depave projects over the next two years helping to remove over 35,000sqft of excess asphalt and replacing that with trees, shrubs, and school play areas. Not only will these projects help infiltrate over 800,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually, but through the development of a How -To guidebook and video series we’ll help spread this great program throughout the Puget Sound region.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program: The District was recently awarded an $8 million dollar grant from the USDA to implement ACEP and EQIP practices that will preserve up to 1,000 acres of farmland in Pierce County and implement conservation practices to improve soil and water quality. We look forward to working with our local land trusts and conservation partners over the course of this 5-year grant to permanently preserve farmland that is under intense pressure from development.


Fun Fact

Did you know....

The District was supported by over 2,100 volunteers last year who dedicated nearly 13,000 hours of work to help plant trees, rip up excess pavement, glean fruit and veggies, monitor water quality in local streams and lakes, and much, much more!


Featured Program: King Conservation District - Shoreline and Riparian Habitat Enhancement Services 

The King Conservation District’s Shoreline and Riparian Habitat Enhancement Services include multiple programs. These programs include: Wetland Plant Cooperative, Fish Barrier Replacement Program, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Improvement Services. Each of these programs offers a unique opportunity for the landowners of the area. To check out these wonderful programs KCD is offering please visit HERE


Featured Photo



District: Pierce Conservation District
Description: Water Quality Testing


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