March 2019

Training Calendar

Please visit our website for more training opportunities:

WADE 2019 - Registration Open!

The CTD is working with the WADE conference leaders to bring you some special content at the 2019 WADE conference!

Forestry, Riparian, and Farm & Fields tracks will have more diverse content with special sessions tailored to information delivery, technology, climate response, and water resources.

The Riparian and Farm & Fields tracks will also have a special Monday session devoted to CTD and NRCS certifications, and a coordinated activity connecting fellow planners and mentors.

Lastly, we are working with NRCS to bring a special session to WADE on Wednesday that will fulfill one of your NRCS Planner Designation requirements. Not to mention we will once again host Lawn Games on Monday night! So much good stuff coming to WADE 2019!

WADE 2019 will be held June 10, 11, & 12 at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA.

Registration is open now! WADE Website

Cultural Resource Training Opportunity for District Staff - June 25-28

Save the date for an NRCS-led Cultural Resource training in Wenatchee on June 25-28.

The training will be geared toward Conservation District staff, and is required for those wanting to become NRCS Certified or Master Conservation Planners.

This course is seldom available (the last one was offered in 2014!) so if you are interested, please let us know right away by emailing your name, district, and contact info to Jan Thomas at

Art of Range - a Podcast with Tip Hudson

Washington State University Extension, the Society for Range Management, and the Rangelands Partnership have launched the first-of-its-kind podcast on rangeland ecology and management in a project funded by the Western Center for Risk Management Education and USDA NIFA. This interview-style podcast broadcasts the considered thoughts of experts in the field, both academic and practitioner, to ranchers and natural resource professionals on topics designed to address risks identified by ranchers and researchers as the greatest threats to ranching's viability.

A new episode will be released every two weeks, with several episodes on a general topic area.

If you are a Certified Professional in Range Management through the SRM, you may claim continuing education units for these episodes (0.5 or 1 CEU per episode) by following the instructions at the conclusion of the survey.

Go to to subscribe.

It's Cultural Resources Time!

Now is the time to address Cultural Resources for those upcoming projects! As some folks will tell you, you cannot begin too early. Here are a couple of resources to help you get started, or to advance your training.

This helpful video tutorial will walk you through when and how fill out the various EZ Cultural Resource forms. You can also find an “EZ-1 Additional Guidance” document on the Cultural Resources section of the WSCC website, under the “Forms and Sample Documents” tab.

Early spring is a good time to look over the Cultural Resource information on the WSCC website and familiarize yourself with what is available. If you have Cultural Resource suggestions, questions, or comments for this section, please email them to Larry Brewer at We are working on updates to the Cultural Resource materials in the next few months and appreciate any input you may have.

Also, as a special offering this year, the CTD is working with NRCS to offer a Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 2 event this year June 25-28, 2019 in Wenatchee. This training is being developed primarily for District staff, so it should be a great one! This training also fulfills one of the requirements to become an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner, or to maintain that designation if you are already Certified. Completion of the Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 1 model on AgLearn is required before registration for the Part 2 event.

If you have an idea for the newsletter, a project or photo you'd like featured, or just want to say hello, email We'd love to hear from you!

Waste to Worth Conference 2019

Dates: April 22–26, 2019

Location: Graduate Minneapolis, University of Minnesota campus

Registration Fees: $550 regular/$350 students $650 regular/$450 students after March 31

Waste to Worth brings together the nation’s best science on animal agriculture and the environment with:

  • Innovative outreach

  • Opportunities to meet and network with outstanding people

  • Mix with multidisciplinary specialists in a collaborative atmosphere

This is a winning recipe for turning waste into worth!

Registration is open now!


Will Your Team Win at WADE?

Keep your trivia brain sharp -- can you answer all 3 of these questions correctly?

1. How much does one bushel of wheat weigh (to the nearest five pounds)?

2. Which Washington valley produces over 77% of the national supply of hops?

3. What is a Merritt hypsometer used for in the field?

Find the answers HERE.

Good Luck!

Advancing Water Quality Tools: Getting Familiar with Microbial Source Tracking (MST)

Water quality practitioners and scientists working together to effectively use MST

March 15th, 2019

10:00AM – 2:00 PM


Hosted by: WA Dept. of Health's National Estuary Program

Workshop Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and learn about efforts throughout Puget Sound to microbial source tracking (MST) to identify sources of fecal coliform pollution and when MST has been most effectively used. Scientist and practitioners will discuss their work and address the state of the science, the pros and cons of different approaches, study design, challenges encountered, and leveraging results. Participants will have time to question, discuss, and debate MST.

Desired Outcome: Participants will learn about the variety of MST projects throughout the Puget Sound and the people working on these projects. Participants will leave with a strong understanding of barriers and opportunities to MST, how others have leveraged results, and how projects are being funded.

Click Here for a detailed agenda

If you plan to attend, please enter your contact information in this one question survey to help us estimate workshop attendance.

If you would like to know about the outcome of the meeting, but cannot attend, please e-mail Henry Peterson directly and he will share meeting notes with you. He can be reached at

Shoreline on the Puget Sound, by Chrissy Cooley

AgLearn Update & Reminder

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