CTD Training Library

Training Library

The CTD has curated recordings of different webinars, trainings, and learning "curriculums" into categories to help you find what you need. Click on any category below to expand the content.

Conservation Planning

Presented on: February 17, 2022

Please join us as SCC Scientific Policy Advisor Alison Halpern reviews the current draft programmatic guidelines for this new voluntary incentive program, which will help farmers, ranchers, and shellfish growers increase implementation of climate-smart practices to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Presenters: Nichole Embertson, Whatcom CD; Laura Redmond, King CD; Addie Candib, AFT

Proper manure management is an important practice for animal operations that can provide a valuable resource for land managers while protecting water quality and enhancing soil health. Manure management practices, particularly those that contain and control manure runoff, protect water quality by retaining valuable nutrients and preventing transport to surface and ground water resources. American Farmland Trust, King Conservation District, and Whatcom Conservation District’s Washington Discovery Farms® program collaborated on a project in the South Puget Sound to assess and promote the best management practice (BMP) of on-farm dry manure storage for water quality protection.

Presented on: September 23, 2021


Presenter: Michael Hipp, Snohomish CD

Keeping a horse - housing, feeding, providing room to exercise and be a horse - is not only challenging, but can be very expensive and challenging on small acreages typically adjacent to waterways, in western Washington. Horses are non-native creatures introduced to our soils and landscape in the 1700s, and their impact on the ecosystem is widely felt. Sound Horsekeeping is a program from the Snohomish Conservation District to help people not only mitigate those impacts but to do so in a way that is of benefit to the horse and the human. Find out what the program is, how it is done, and why it is needed, now more than ever.

Presented on: July 15, 2021


You may have missed the training, but the presentations and videos posted HERE!

This four-day web training, brought to you in partnership by the CTD and NRCS, provides participants with a wealth of information on the regulatory and permit process required to implement conservation actions on aquatic lands including streams, rivers, wetlands, floodplains, and forestlands. Participants also gain awareness of NEPA, SEPA, Federal, State, Tribal, and local permit processes. The target audience includes Washington Conservation District, NRCS, and other agency staff involved in planning and implementing conservation actions on private and Tribal land. A basic knowledge and understanding of NRCS planning process and programs is required.

Presented on: April 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2021


Presenter: Joel Demory, WSDA

This presentation summarizes the WSDA Agricultural Land Use Mapping Program including outlining the program origins, purpose, organization and scope of work. The presentation covered a variety of topics including:

How to access and make the most of WSDA’s mapping data
Examples of how NRAS, WSDA and other statewide entities utilize the data
How the data is used at the federal level
The future of land use mapping

Presented on: Thursday, April 15, 2021


NRCS specialist Marty Chaney will give an overview of how to: use the inventory tools to estimate yields of pastures and other fields receiving manure nutrient applications; properly select nutrient loss/retention values; and complete the WasteCalc spreadsheet and interpret the results used to develop Nutrient Management specifications.

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Handouts:

Presented on: Thursday, February 18, 2021


Presenters: Seth Flanders, Spokane CD & Brent Dixon, Kittitas County CD; with Andrew Phay, Whatcom CD

Interested in incorporating drones into your district’s programs or projects but unsure of where to start? Join us for an overview of how districts around the state are using drone technology in their work, how they’re funding it, and innovations to consider for your own drone program.

Presented on: Tuesday, February 2, 2021


Jeanne Dodds from the Endangered Species Coalition explores their Pollinator Protectors campaign goals, scope and funding opportunities for Washington State Conservation Districts. Pollinator Protectors is a national project which provides funds to a wide range of individuals and organizations to support plantings of native, local plant species of benefit to native, imperiled pollinators. In 2021 ESC will continue to expand the benefits of this project by partnering with landowners, farmers, and others to create corridors for pollinators and increase the environmental justice impacts of this work.

Contact Jeanne for more information and grant application: jdodds@endangered.org

Presented: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Learn more about the work Pierce, King, and other Conservation Districts have been doing with cover crop promotion and on-farm trials. We will share our favorite resources and updates on regional cover crop initiatives like the new Western States Cover Crop Council and the annual cover crop roundtable with WSU, and kick-off a regular meetup group to network CD cover crop enthusiasts working with landowners to promote cover crops.

Presented: Thursday, November 19, 2020


COMET-Farm estimates the ‘carbon footprint’ for all or part of a farm/ranch operation and allows you to evaluate different options, for reducing GHG emissions and sequestering more carbon. This two part webinar training provides an introduction to the COMET-Farm (and COMET-Planner) tool and dives into the specifics of how to use the croplands and animal agriculture assessment pieces. COMET-Farm expert Halley Nagel discusses the modeling approach, basic introduction of agricultural emissions within the tool, and engage in a cropland and animal ag demonstration project to help you get started on carbon assessment of your own.

Presented by Haley Nagle, Outreach and Education Specialist for COMET-Farm Team

Presented: Tuesday, October 13 and 20, 2020

Join CTD and Carri Gaines, NRCS WA State Forester and WA State Economics contact, for a presentation on tools to help clients make better decisions.

This webinar will focus on the use of T-charts and partial budgeting as a way to communicate the economic and conservation cost-benefits of individual conservation practices and conservation management systems.

Helpful links:

Presentation slides (PDF)

Presented on Thursday, June 25, 2020


Webinar: Integrated Erosion Tool for ArcMap and Toolkit (Held January 29, 2018)

Link to webinar recording HERE

Link to video on "An Introduction to IET"

Link to IET install instructions HERE

Link to IET lesson plans HERE

IET Download links

Description: The Integrated Erosion Tool (IET) combines the current wind and water erosion prediction technologies into a single interface within Customer Service Toolkit and works as a plug-in to ArcGIS.

The IET is unique by combining wind and water erosion into one interface, and utilizing databases housed within the Land Management Operations Database (LMOD). Through the use of LMOD, a user will no longer need to manage databases for the erosion prediction tools. LMOD is the agency’s single authoritative database for erosion prediction databases.

IET can be used for wind and water erosion predictions for resource evaluation as it contains the current erosion prediction technologies for wind and water erosion used by NRCS. Further evaluation may be needed for designing and installing sediment trapping practices such as contour buffers, filter strips and other similar practices.


WEBINAR: Nutrient Management Considerations in Planning - Training Primer (Held May 16, 2017)

Link to webinar recording HERE

Notes from webinar HERE

Guidelines for NMP Plan Writing Activity

Description: If you are registered for, or considering taking, the Nutrient Management Considerations in Planning Training Primer (aka, NMP Training), you need to review this primer webinar. Course organizers provide you with a preview of the course content and expectations, as well as an overview of the prerequisites. This NMP course will have a new planning component which requires you to have a plan site selected prior to the course and come with specific information about the site. In the webinar, NRCS and CTD course leads will outline what this content is and how to select the appropriate site for success. A Q&A time at the end of the webinar will provide an opportunity to ask questions and clarify requirements.

Questions: Tracy Hanger, NRCS | tracy.hanger@wa.usda.gov or Nichole Embertson | nembertson@whatcomcd.org


WEB Training: RUSLE2 and WEPS Overview (Held June 1, 2017)

Link to webinar recording HERE

RUSLE2-WEPS General Info (handout)

RUSLE2-WEPS Data Collection Sheet (handout)

The objective will be to explain the structure, inputs and reports of each tool so that planners will be able to take inventory needed to use the models. The webinar will not be going into detail on how to use the program, this is an overview/refresher and it is assumed the attendee has had a basic training in the tool at some point. If planners understand the inputs and outputs, they can easily collect the data and analyze the reports and then work with other experienced planners to run the tool.

For more information contact: Tracy Hanger, NRCS | tracy.hanger@wa.usda.gov



Forestry and Fire

Special guest speakers Rowan Braybrook and Kirk Hanson from Northwest Natural Resource Group (NNRG) present:

For many forest owners, the cost and work associated with improving forest health and resilience can seem intimidating. Understanding the economic implications of timber harvesting is crucial for landowners when making management decisions. NNRG's work and research shows how income from harvesting can make forest restoration treatments feasible and even profitable. We'll cover:

• Taking an ecological forestry approach to thinning for restoration
• Stewardship goals and addressing past forest management
• Economics of thinning and factors impacting profitability
• Financial assistance programs

This webinar is brought to you by the Puget Sound Conservation District Regional Forestry Program in partnership with the Center for Technical Development. If you have questions about the PSCD Regional Forestry Program, please contact Stacey Dixon, Forester at sdixon@snohomishcd.org.

Presented on Monday, October 18, 2021


World of Wildfire - Post-wildfire Risk Mitigation and Assessment Training

Presenters: Craig Nelson, Okanogan Conservation District, Executive Director; James Weatherford, former Thurston Conservation District Resource Specialist; Bobbi Lindemulder, Snohomish Conservation District, Agriculture Program Director; Leslie Michel, WA Dept of Agriculture, Soil Scientist; Katherine Rowden, NOAA, Service Hydrologist

This 4-day on-line training prepares conservation field staff and others to respond effectively to emergencies, particularly wildfires. Training includes topics on: Initial CD Response, Community Outreach, Partnerships and Coordination, Landowner Communication, Employee Mental Health, Site Visit Safety, Evaluating Post-disaster Risks, Recordkeeping and Mapping, Area-wide Major Needs Assessment, Prioritizing and Implementing Projects.

For follow up questions: Craig Nelson - 509-422-0855 x 110

Presented on: April 13-16, 2021


Presenters: Ashley Blazina, DNR and Jennifer Watkins, DNR

Washington Department of Natural Resources is developing an online data sharing platform called Forest Health Tracker, and would like the early input from key partners that we hope will use and benefit from the system! The Forest Health Tracker is a tool designed to compile data and information on forest health projects across all lands in Washington, so that partners can be more aware of past and planned projects in and near their jurisdictions, as well as track the progress of complementary projects and programs. Jennifer Watkins and Ashley Blazina from DNR’s Forest Health & Resiliency Division provide a demonstration of the tool and answer your questions.

Presented on: May 4, 2021


Presenter: Andrew Spaeth, WA Department of Natural Resources

DNR recently published the 2020 Forest Action Plan, enabling the state to access millions of dollars in federal funding and identifying forest health priorities for the next five years. The action plan will support critical work across the state – from addressing risk of conversion to ensuring rural fire districts have equipment to respond to wildland fires. Program funding also serves small forest landowners by providing willing landowners with technical assistance. The presentation will share an overview of the Forest Action Plan with a focus on action plan goals and priorities related to the work of Conservation Districts.

About the presenter: Andrew Spaeth serves as an Environmental Planner in the Forest Health and Resiliency Division at Washington State Department of Natural Resources. He works with a team of scientists and planners implementing the Forest Action Plan and 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington. Prior to joining the team at DNR Andrew worked as the Forest Program Director at Sustainable Northwest, a non-profit based in the Pacific Northwest.


Presented on: Thursday, March 18, 2021


Outreach

Virtual Meeting and Event Presentation Resources

How to Choose a Virtual Platform for Meetings and Communication - Join the CTD and partners discuss the pros and cons of the top virtual platforms, and how to choose the best one for your District needs.

Presenter Tips for Creating and Giving a Smooth Virtual Presentation (PDF)

Tips for Creating an Engaging PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

How to Develop and Deliver an Engaging Virtual Conference Presentation - What are the best practices for developing a presentation for a virtual conference? How do you engage an audience who can see you but you can’t see them? How do you drill down to the most important message? What if your presentation is pre-recorded? This 90-minute training with Cathy Angell specifically addresses the successful design and delivery of a science-based virtual conference presentation. It covers best practices for slide design, as well as effective strategies for keeping a diverse audience involved and engaged.

Moderating Virtual Meetings and Events Like a Pro - Moderating You may have attended trainings on how to host or present a virtual meeting or event, but what about moderation? Moderating a meeting is just as (or more!) important for making sure it runs smoothly and highlights the content. Join Kari Quaas from Snohomish CD and Nichole Embertson from CTD for strategies, tips, and techniques for easily moderating a meeting or event like a pro!


Presenter: Nichole Embertson, Ph.D., Whatcom Conservation District

In collaboration with Washington NRCS, the Whatcom Conservation District conducted two comprehensive NRCS National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Watershed Assessments in local watersheds to identify “critical source areas” for strategic implementation of land conservation activities for surface water quality. The watershed assessments provide a means to identify the impacts of critical terrain features and land uses at a HUC-12 watershed level on the potential pollution of nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment, and pathogens to surface waters; and the relative effectiveness of different conservation practices to effect water quality improvement. Lean about the NWQI Watershed Assessment process, how to interpret model outcomes, and ways to focus your conversation planning and outreach efforts for greater impact.

NWQI Fishtrap Watershed Assessment and outreach strategy can he found HERE.
NWQI Wiser Lake Creek Watershed Assessment and outreach strategy can he found
HERE.

Presented on: Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Presented: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Planning for and working with landowners on implementing conservation practices is fun, but tracking and displaying the impact of those practices with metrics can be a challenge. This webinar will go over the process of what metrics you may want to track for different purposes, how to do so, and how to display them in an impactful way for different audiences. It doesn't have to be a big leap to go from zero to tracking hero!


No matter the size of your District, having a presence on the web - whether it be a website or social media - is vital to connect with clients and the public. Join us to learn some easy and low-cost ways to create an organized web presence, receive guidance on which platform to choose when, and assess how to increase diversity in your content. Also, learn how to check your website and web materials for ADA accessibility and adapt as needed.

Helpful Links:

Presented: Thursday, October 15


The only thing that is constant is change. We are all adapting programs right now to accommodate current events, and education and outreach is one of the top modifications Districts are making. This webinar will hear successful examples from Districts across the State on their adaption strategies to education and outreach for K-12, multicultural, farmer/landowner/adult, and urban and consumer audiences. Come listen, gather ideas, and connect with Districts doing great things!

Additional resources shared by presenters:

ReImagine WA Ed - https://www.reimaginewaed.com/
Leslie Fisher (Education Technology) -
https://lesliefisher.com/
Kids in the Creek:
https://kidsinthecreek.com/
Kids in the Forest:
https://cascadiacd.org/kids-in-the-forest_368.html
Clark Farm2go website:
https://clarkfarm2go.com/
Food Systems of New England 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge:
https://foodsolutionsne.org/racial-equity-challenge-resources/

Presented on: Thursday, August 13, 2020


Join the CTD and partners discuss the pros and cons of the top virtual platforms, and how to choose the best one for your District needs.

Presented on: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Leadership & Management

Facilitation (in-person and virtual) Resources

Effective Facilitation Techniques for Everyone - Join the great Ray Ledgerwood for special 2-day training on practical and effective facilitation skills for planning, facilitating and follow-up to board meetings, local work group meetings, staff meetings, virtual meetings, watershed group meetings, and partner collaboration sessions. This training is for all Washington Conservation District staff and will provide you valuable skills for running better meetings for better outcomes.


Virtual Meeting and Event Presentation Resources

How to Choose a Virtual Platform for Meetings and Communication - Join the CTD and partners discuss the pros and cons of the top virtual platforms, and how to choose the best one for your District needs.

Tips and Tricks for Creating and Delivering a Virtual Presentation (PDF)

How to Develop and Deliver an Engaging Virtual Conference Presentation (Video coming soon!) - What are the best practices for developing a presentation for a virtual conference? How do you engage an audience who can see you but you can’t see them? How do you drill down to the most important message? What if your presentation is pre-recorded? This 90-minute training with Cathy Angell specifically addresses the successful design and delivery of a science-based virtual conference presentation. It covers best practices for slide design, as well as effective strategies for keeping a diverse audience involved and engaged.

Moderating Virtual Meetings and Events Like a Pro - Moderating You may have attended trainings on how to host or present a virtual meeting or event, but what about moderation? Moderating a meeting is just as (or more!) important for making sure it runs smoothly and highlights the content. Join Kari Quaas from Snohomish CD and Nichole Embertson from CTD for strategies, tips, and techniques for easily moderating a meeting or event like a pro!


Your voice is heard!! The CTD invited all District staff from across the State in join us for our annual work review and feedback session. We provided an overview of all of our activities from FY21 and asked for feedback to our FY22 annual plan of work. If you have further questions or input, contact us: info@wactd.org.

Presented: Wednesday, March 31, 2020


Presented: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Planning for and working with landowners on implementing conservation practices is fun, but tracking and displaying the impact of those practices with metrics can be a challenge. This webinar will go over the process of what metrics you may want to track for different purposes, how to do so, and how to display them in an impactful way for different audiences. It doesn't have to be a big leap to go from zero to tracking hero!


Join the CTD and partners discuss the pros and cons of the top virtual platforms, and how to choose the best one for your District needs.

Presented on: Thursday, July 23, 2020


Do you have to keep records of your work-related web meetings, text messages and calls? What about social media posts and comments? What happens when you use your personal phone to check work email or send texts? The CTD hosts Scott Sackett, Principal Records Consultant for the Washington State Archives, to discuss public records rules and retention for records created and received through virtual platforms. Join us for a great presentation and Q&A session with Scott!

Presented on Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Improve collaboration and transparency, manage projects in real-time and deploy new processes throughout your District. Learn how Districts are utilizing Smartsheet to efficiently run District operations, grant management, reporting and project tracking.

PowerPoint slides

For questions regarding this webinar, contact: Jessica Self, Palouse CD, JessicaS@palousecd.org

Presented on May 8, 2019


Certification

NOTE: Certification information is updated regularly. Please make sure you view the most currently available information.

Please join the CTD Certification Leads (Dairy, Farm, Riparian) to hear updates on the CTD Planner Certification requirements, new application portal, how to prepare your resume to apply, and updates to the NRCS Planner Designation/Certification process. Please join us to get all the information you need to start your path to certification and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Presented: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

There are benefits to achieving an NRCS Planner Designation status (i.e., Apprentice, Certified), but the process can be confusing. This webinar goes over the advantages of achieving an NRCS Planner Designation status, how to load your training curriculum in AgLearn so that it tracks your progress, how to bypass training requirements with Proficiency Exams, where to find and use the certification Training Plan, and more. We hope this webinar unravels the kinks in the process, and/or gets you on an easy path to attain your NRCS Designation this coming year.

Copy of PowerPoint Slides

Presented on: Thursday, September 24, 2020

The CTD hosted a special webinar to help you better understand the three CTD Planner Certifications - Riparian, Farm, and Dairy - available, why you need to apply, and how to navigate the application process. The first deadline for applications is approaching, so now is the time to get clarity on the process and advocate support from your District.

Presented on Thu, Mar 5, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)


Webinar: New NRCS Planner Designation Status and Information (Held on March 28, 2018)

Webinar hosted by NRCS and CTD

CLICK HERE for the recorded webinar. (Password: NRCS Planning 1)

CLICK HERE for presentation materials.

This webinar covered the new NRCS Planner Certification levels, qualification criteria, training opportunities, timelines, and provided a forum for Q&A by NRCS and the CTD. This webinar is for NRCS, Conservation District, and other planning partners interested learning more about the new criteria and what they need to do to get rolling.


Stormwater

Presenter: David Jackson, Snohomish CD


Snohomish Conservation District carried out a number of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) installations across the Bear and Little Bear watershed, and would like to share the lessons we learned from this project. GSI installations, including Rain Gardens or Bioswales, were installed to mitigate parking lot runoff and in partnership with local municipalities and other organizations.


Presented: Thursday, December 16, 2021



Presenters: David Jackson and Derek Hann, Snohomish CD

Many HOAs are responsible for the care and maintenance of stormwater detention facilities, but few know enough to do so properly and often turn to their municipality or Conservation District for help. This presentation covers the basics of stormwater detention pond care and maintenance, and provides a groundwork on how you can begin providing basic technical assistance and advice to homeowners, organizations, and municipalities. Learn how Snohomish CD created a new area of service and how your District may be able to do the same!

Presented: Tuesday, December 1, 2020


Presenters: David Jackson & Derek Hann, Snohomish Conservation District

For the past two years the Snohomish Conservation District has been working with fellow Conservation Districts in the Puget Sound region to build regional capacity for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. As the project draws to a close, we'd like to take the time to share the lessons learned and hopefully continue the impacts of this project.

This webinar was part of the CTD special Sharing Series webinars.

Presented: Tuesday, November 3, 2020


Clean Energy & Carbon Planning

COMET-Farm estimates the ‘carbon footprint’ for all or part of a farm/ranch operation and allows you to evaluate different options, for reducing GHG emissions and sequestering more carbon. This two part webinar training provides an introduction to the COMET-Farm (and COMET-Planner) tool and dives into the specifics of how to use the croplands and animal agriculture assessment pieces. COMET-Farm expert Halley Nagel discusses the modeling approach, basic introduction of agricultural emissions within the tool, and engage in a cropland and animal ag demonstration project to help you get started on carbon assessment of your own.

Presented by Haley Nagle, Outreach and Education Specialist for COMET-Farm Team

Presented: Tuesday, October 13 and 20, 2020


Pierce CD, Spark Northwest, and Snohomish CD are all part of the Rural Energy for Washington Program. They work through a USDA grant to provide free technical and grant writing assistance to farmers and rural small businesses to install energy efficiency, solar, and other renewable energy projects. This webinar will share the program benefits and help your District enroll in the program to better understand how to provide assistance to your clients.

Presented: Thursday, August 27, 2020


Are you interested in carbon farm planning, and wondering what tools might be available to help in the planning process? The COMET-Farm and COMET-Planner tools have been developed by Colorado State University in conjunction with NRCS and the USDA Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) to provide conservation planning professionals and their client producers with the tools needed to assess the potential benefits of conservation practices. During this webinar training hosted by the CTD, research staff from Colorado State University provide an introduction to the COMET tools and how and when to use them.

Check out the tool and give it a try: http://comet-farm.com/

Presented on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 AM