Training Events

The CTD is working with NRCS, CDs, and other partners to bring you the training opportunities that you need to succeed. If there is a training subject that you would like to see, or have a training related question, contact:

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Upcoming Webinars and Training

Going to miss this months webinar? Dont worry, they are all recorded and posted here: CTD Training Library or click on the "Training/Webinar Archive" tab below.

WA Discovery Farms Project: Evaluating dry manure storage options for water quality protection across King County, WA

September 23, 2021 @ 9:00-10:00


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.

Funding Ecological Forestry

Monday, October 18, 2021 @ 12:30-2:00 PM


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

Training/Webinar Archive

Below are the past few webinars hosted by CTD.

Presenter: Kari Quaas, Snohomish CD and Nichole Embertson, CTD

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 us for strategies, tips, and techniques for easily moderating a meeting or event like a pro!

Presented: August 19, 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

Presented on: June 14-16, 2021

Presented on: May 25-26, 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

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 Training Events

Due to the rapid changing guidance and evolution of the COVID-19 virus, listed training dates and offerings may change at any time. We will list any course changes and/or confirmations as they become available. Please stay tuned and take care!

Recordings from virtual NRCS training events:

2021-22 NRCS Training Events:

  • Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) - November 1-5, 2021 (virtual)

  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning (CNMP) - January 31- February 4, 2022 (in-person)

NRCS Training events that are now in AgLearn:

Several NRCS trainings are now available as online courses in Aglearn including:

  • Documenting the Environmental Evaluation on the NRCS CPA-52

  • Highly Erodible Lands Compliance (HELC) and Planning

  • Wetland Compliance (WC)

  • Fundamentals of Highly Erodible Land & Wetland Conservation Provisions is now in AgLearn! You can find it at NRCS-NEDC-000409 (NRCS Required: Certified)

  • Basic Soils and Web Soil Survey is now in AgLearn! You can find it as "Using Basic Soil Survey Information in Conservation Planning" NRCS-NEDC-000416 (NRCS Required: Apprentice and Certified)

  • NRCS is now offering a "test out" option for a number of in-person events required for NRCS Planner Designation/Certification. Find more information about those Proficiency Exams HERE.

Partner Training Resources

Partner Training Resources

Organic Farming Research Foundation - FREE Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar series. Topics include building organic matter, cover crops, water management and water quality, nutrient management, and soil health.

WSU Forest Stewardship Webinars - We offer periodic live webinars on various forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required.

Working Remotely During COVID-19 - Find a list of helpful tools, and training modules to help you or staff work remotely effectively.

AgLearn - AgLearn is an on-line training hub for conservation planners and engineers. Find more resources on how to access and troubleshoot AgLearn HERE.

NRCS Science and Technology Training Library - Learn, Earn and Save by joining over 56,000 viewers that have participated in webinars hosted on the Webinar Portal, the leading free multi-disciplinary training and extension webinar platform.

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series - This webinar series has been designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations. Participants will come away with key knowledge, the ability to be more conversant about wetland issues, knowing what questions to ask when looking at restoration opportunities, and knowing when to contact or bring in an expert.

NAISMA - The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is the continent’s authority on invasive species management.

LPELC Webinar Series - The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC) offers a free monthly webinar on a variety of issues related to animal manure management.

eXtension Campus - eXtension offers a central listing of fee-based courses available through Campus on a variety of topics such as agriculture, energy, pest management, community, and more. There are selections for both planners, educators, and landowners alike.

Cornell Online Farmer Courses - The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 20 online PAID courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Take them yourself, or pass along to landowners.

Training Scholarships

Need training, but don't have financial support to attend? The CTD offers scholarships at different time throughout the year to support your professional development. Please check back soon.