July 2019


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

CTD Personnel Database

The Center for Technical Development has a new tool to aid you in your professional development journey! The CTD Personnel Database is a clearing house of technical expertise from around the state. Over the past several years, information on technical employees within Conservation Districts has been captured by annual phone surveys.

We’re now launching a self-service portal where you can identify your specialties and certifications to get notified of upcoming training or continuing education opportunities.

Interested in being a mentor for your particular specialty? You can indicate your interest in the database to be notified as mentorship opportunities become available.

AgLearn not showing the training you’ve completed? Worried what might happen to your training certificates if your computer crashed? You can upload certificates from training you’ve completed that count towards NRCS Planner Designation or any of the CTD certifications to the database. This will help you track your training and provide a backup for your certificates.

After requesting an account, updating your profile takes less than 10 minutes. Your help keeping the information in the database up to date is greatly appreciated! If you have questions about the database and its use, contact database@wactd.org.

NOTE: The database interface is currently in the beta-testing phase. We would love your feedback so that we can make it as user friendly and meaningful as possible!

3 Farmers, 3 Families

Stories of Climate Change in Snohomish County


Three farmers share what makes them proud to farm in Snhomish County and the upcoming challenges they face due to a changing climate.

Spencer Fuentes, Libby Reed, and Dan Bartleheimer generously made time to be interviewed for this video. The hope for this video is that teachers can include it in their lessons (along with some supporting curriculum) so that students can feel connected to climate change and also to our agricultural communities in Snohomish County.

Contact Lily Cason, Youth Education Coordinator, at lcason@snohomishcd.org with questions about how to incorporate this video into your curriculum in your classroom.

This video was funded by the Snohomish Conservation District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's ClimeTime initiative.

TQAP Policy Review

You should have recently received a GovDelivery announcement requesting comments and suggestions on a proposed Technical Quality Assurance Plan (TQAP) Policy that the WSCC is considering. If you did not receive that email, let Larry Brewer know, so he can send you a copy. You may also find the announcement on the CTD website.

Assurance of Washington Conservation Districts’ quality of work has been an issue for some time now and this policy, which has been in development for over a year, is the beginning of that validation process. Your input is important in ensuring that Commission policies are ones that appropriately represent all Districts.

Send all comments and responses about the policy proposal to Larry Brewer at: lbrewer@scc.wa.gov. Larry is heading up this effort on behalf of the Center for Technical Development (CTD).

Please note that there will be future opportunities to comment and make suggestions on the details of the statewide TQAP, which this policy proposes. If you are interested in participating in the continued development of the TQAP details, please let Larry know and he will keep you in the loop.

Thank You!

Thank you all for an excellent 2019 WADE! It was great to see familiar faces and meet new friends. We hope you found the new track integrations helpful and were able to check off an NRCS training or CEU towards your planning certification.

If you have comments, suggestions, or experience to share on the CTD's content at WADE, we welcome your feedback; please send an email to info@wactd.org.

New Employee Resources

Have you checked out the CTD's New Employee Resources webpage? Find quick links to the training plan template, the CTD newsletter, certification information, and more! We've got more exciting changes to come for this resource, so stay tuned!

AgLearn Access

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!