April 2019

Training Calendar

Please visit our website for more training opportunities: http://www.wactd.org/training.

Introduction to Conservation Planning, Part 2

September 23-27, 2019

Pullman, WA - PMC Event Center

It is finally here! NRCS is working with the CTD to bring back Introduction to Conservation Planning (Part 2) course to fulfill both the NRCS Certified Planner Designation requirement and get new planners off to a great start. If you want to attend, please look at the dates and course requirements and start working on your prerequisites now.

If you indicated interest in this course on the 2018-19 CTD Training Needs Inventory that went out in December 2018, you are already on the pre-registration list. If you didn't fill that out, but want to be considered for this training, please fill out the following registration request form: REGISTRATION REQUEST FORM.

If you have already taken this course in the past, you DO NOT need to repeat the course. There is no cost to attend this course, but you will need to cover your travel arrangements and costs.

If you prefer....you are also eligible to attend the three week NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp that also fulfills the NRCS Planning requirements. For scholarship information go to: NACD.

Questions? Please contact: training@wactd.org

Have You Registered For WADE Yet?

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

What's New in eFOTG?

eFOTG has been updated with a new look and a more accessible, user-friendly interface. Read about the updates below, and then check it out online: https://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/#/

The Ecological Sciences Division launched its fifth revised eFOTG on September 19. Field offices, the guide’s primary users, will find the guide’s new design improves the user experience and encourages consistency in its five sections. The guide continues to allow states to add relevant information, but it is also organized to ensure its structure is consistent for all states.

Here are several major changes to eFOTG:

  • Instead of navigating to the eFOTG by clicking on maps of states and counties, users choose a state in an alphabetical list of state names and click “submit” to reach their local eFOTG. A document tree on the left side of the screen lists the five sections’ contents. Document collections and search results are displayed clearly in the center of the screen.

  • Section IV has undergone the most significant changes to encourage consistency in document organization.

    • For an interim period, Section IV will contain two collections called “Conservation Practices and Support Documents and Old Section IV.

    • All documents displayed in Section IV are approved for use in the state, except for those held in a sub-folder labeled Archives. Files in Archives are no longer applicable.

    • Eventually all state documents will be moved into the Conservation Practices and Support Documents and the original Section IV will be removed.

AgLearn Access

A few friendly reminders about your AgLearn account:

eAuthentication Password Expiry:

Customer eAuthentication accounts expire. Upon expiration, you will be redirected to set a new password at login. If you have forgotten their 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 are unable to reset your password using the self-recovery features, please call the eAuth Help Desk at 1-800-457-3642 (Option 1), or send an email to eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov. Note: If your email account has changed, you must call, not email, the Help Desk. The Help Desk will ask a series of questions to help prove your identity.


  1. The Help Desk will send the password reset information to the email address listed in your eAuth account. If your email is incorrect, please inform the Help Desk or you will not receive the password reset email. The Help Desk can provide the password over the phone only if you have fully proven your identity by answering the account security questions.

  2. Once the password is reset, you 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”.

  3. Login and update your email and other contact information.

Accounts Disabled Due to Inactivity:

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 must contact the USDA eAuthentication Help Desk to request that 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 may call the eAuth Help Desk at 1-800-457-3642 (Option 1), or email them at eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov to request assistance.

REMEMBER – The easiest way to avoid issues with your AgLearn account is to login frequently – at least once every 20 days. Take the guess work out and set an Outlook calendar reminder to prompt you!

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

2019 National Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

Registration now open

Register online at: www.regonline.com/2019ncss.

The conference will be held at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute at the Narragansett Bay Campus.

Visit the NCSS conference website for details.


WADE Is Coming ... Are You Ready?

1. Of the following water users in Washington State, which one is the single largest user, accounting for nearly 75% of all fresh water used?

a) Domestic (i.e. drinking water, residential use) b) Industrial and manufacturing

c) Mining d) Agriculture (irrigation)

2. Which state had the first conservation district in the US?

3. What soil order would you expect to be prevalent in the Hawaiian Islands, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California?

BONUS Question: The hyoid is completely surrounded by tissue and is the only bone that is not connected to another bone. The hyoid is located in the…

a) ear b) ankle c) backbone d) throat

Find the answers HERE.

Good Luck!

Reminder: NRCS Practice Standards – Comments Requested by April 18

NRCS is requesting public comment regarding updating of the NRCS National Practice Standards. They would like to hear from those partners who regularly use NRCS Practice Standards, such as Districts. If there are one or two Standards that you use regularly, and that you think need updating, now is your chance to provide that information to help NRCS prioritize and update their Standards.

Link to National Practice Standards: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/technical/cp/ncps/?cid=nrcs143_026849

The CTD is gathering your comments on behalf of all CD’s to then provide to NRCS as a united group. So that the CTD has time to coordinate and submit comments, all comments must be submitted to the CTD no later than April 18th. If you have Practice Standards you would like to see updated along with specific comments on what those updates should be, please send those comments to: tech@wactd.org (be sure to include “NRCS Practice Standard Update Comments” in the subject line).

Format for providing comments: Comments can be provided directly in an email or attached Word document; or as Track Changes edits/comments directly in the Practice Standard Work document (can be downloaded from link above). Please do not provide as comments embedded in a PDF; we cannot submit those. If providing comments in text/list form, please include the NRCS Practice Standard name and code and comments referenced by page number and section of the Standard.

Please click HERE for the original NRCS message sent on behalf of Roylene Rides at the Door.

Native Black Pollinator on Native American Plum

by Dean White, Lincoln County CD