CTD Newsletter: December 2017
From all of us the the CTD: We wish you a warm holiday season and the best going into the new year!
Good News for Planners!
NRCS Washington has consolidated and improved the Resource Concerns Checklists as of September 2017!!
We now have only four cehcklists: cropland, farmstead, range and pasture, and forestry. The new resource concerns checklists are easy to find for your county in the Washington Electronic Field Office Tech guide (eFOTG) at: https://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/efotg_locator.aspx?map=US. Under the eFOTG, Section 3, table of contents, you'll find the “FY18 Cropland Resource Concerns Checklist”, along with the others. Along with the checklists, take note of the "Resource Concerns Checklist Overview", a document which will help you to better understand how to use the checklists.
One checklist change that many of us will appreciate is that riparian planning is now incorporated within the four land uses, rather than having its own individual "Associated Ag Land" (or "Other Land") checklist. So now, when doing riparian planning, you use the checklist for the adjacent land rather than a separate checklist. Easy-peasy!
Another improvement is the clarification that a "True" check indicates the resource concern is not a problem, and a "False" check indicates the resource concern must be assessed to determine if it is actually a resource concern that needs to be addressed.
There is also some nice margin space for additional notes that some of us like to include about what we note in the field. Additional documentation notes are often helpful to remind us of our reasoning when reviews are done.
I certainly appreciate the folks at the Washington NRCS office who helped make these improvements! I am sure you will too, once you use these new and improved checklists.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact Larry Brewer at email@example.com or call and leave a message at 360-701-7859.
District Name: San Juan Islands Conservation District
Size: 621 sq mi
# Employees: 11
Voluntary Stewardship Program
Resource Management Planning: Farm and Forest
Youth Conservation Corps
Farm & Forest Cost Share
Water Resource Management, including water quality and flow monitoring
Habitat Restoration/Salmon Recovery
Green Home Tours
Solar for Schools
San Juan Islands Electric Vehicle Association
San Juan County
San Juan County Terrestrial Managers Group
Bureau of Land Management (National Monument)
San Juan County Agricultural Resource Committee (ARC)
Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC)
Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO)
San Juan County Noxious Weed Board
Washington State Parks
National Parks Service
San Juan County Land Bank
Lopez Community Land trust
Islands Climate Resilience
The Madrona Institute
San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild
Northwest Straights Foundation
Marine Resource Committee
San Juan County WSU Extension
Most Proud of:
In 2017 The San Juan Islands Conservation District has taken over the San Juan Islands Youth Conservation Corp. We are so proud of all our YCC Kids this year and all of the amazing work they did to help conserve the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands! The Youth Conservation Corp. fosters the spirit of stewardship, conservation and community to the next generation of Islanders.
The San Juan Islands have the largest amount of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations per capita in Washington State, with more chargers being added all the time!
There isn't a single traffic light anywhere in San Juan County.
Plus, there is an average of 158 days of Sunshine a year. That is half the rain of Seattle!
Aglearn/eauthentication Accounts* REMINDER
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. Click here for more information to help you out.