2017 - 04

CTD Newsletter - April 2017

Mentor Training - April 26th & 27th space is still available!

Do you provide on-the-job training to other district staff members or do you hope to some day? Then here is a training to help you, and we still have space available!

Your Conservation Technical Development (CTD) group is offering this 1 ½ day special training event to help you, a professional conservationist, to become a more valuable employee with training as well as experience in the mentoring and training of other employees.

This training is planned to be useful, educational, fun, and relevant. You will leave this training as a better and more effective mentor/trainer in guiding other staff in their core trainings, planner certifications, and day to day work.

Your workload may not allow for you to be a mentor this year. That is ok! We understand busy work schedules and encourage you to take this training anyways.

Here are some agenda topics that will enhance your capabilities as a mentor and trainer:

- where to find resources to help with mentoring

– how to deal with mentee issues

– the sharing of Mentor experiences

– better realizing your rewards from mentoring

– how to enhance your mentoring skills

If you are able to take advantage of this opportunity on Wed April 26 (noon) through Thursday April 27 (5:00 pm) in Ellensburg, please RSVP by e-mail to Larry Brewer (lbrewer@scc.wa.gov ) and Jess Davenport (JDavenport@scc.wa.gov ) with your current contact phone number, so we can plan for your attendance.

If you have questions feel free to contact Larry Brewer at 360.701.7859

P.S. For those early responders, there are some limited funds available to pay for one night motel and your travel.

NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture Course

This course is now available in AgLearn (search for “Air Quality and Animal Agriculture” after you log into AgLearn). This course introduces NRCS employees and others to the air emissions associated with animal operations and provides some information on how we can help mitigate these emissions. This course is the fifth in the air quality-related series (Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy; Why Should We Care About Air Quality; Air Quality Resource Concerns; and Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration are the others), feel free to add this course to your learning plan to learn more about air emissions associated with animal production.

Don't have an AgLearn account? Visit our website HERE to find out how to view the course.

District Highlight: Getting to Know You

District Name: Kittitas County Conservation District

Size:1,492,163 acres in the center of Washington State stretching from the crest of the Cascades to the shores of the Columbia River. Approximately 400,000 acres are privately owned and managed within the District boundaries.

# Employees: 7

Main Programs: Yakima Tributary Access & Habitat Program, Manastash Creek Restoration Program, Wildfire Fuels Reduction and Firewise Communities, and Voluntary Stewardship Program.

Most Proud of: In 2016, we were finally able to remove the last large fish passage barrier on Manastash Creek opening up more than 20 miles of habitat to Mid-Columbia Steelhead. This is a goal we’ve worked toward with the Manastash Creek Steering Committee since 2003!

Fun Fact

Did you know...

2017 marks our 75th anniversary as the Kittitas County Conservation District. The referendum election was heralded in the local paper as “one of the largest landowner votes ever recorded here”. The vote was 377 to 60 in favor of forming the district.

Featured Program: Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District - Livestock Program

The Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District a Livestock Program is a grant for livestock pasture upgrades along and adjacent to creeks, streams and rivers. Landowners and livestock producers can enhance water quality while maintaining their operation.

Improving water quality by protecting the stream corridor is one of the priorities of the district. The goal is to ensure cooperators have the help they need to comply with Washington State requirements. The grant provides cost-share to cooperators for fencing, livestock crossings, stock tanks, and other livestock best management practices (BMPs) that help them protect water quality.

To learn more about this please visit their website HERE.

Featured Photo

Description: Rain Garden, San Juan Island