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August 2020
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Cultivating 502

Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

“Always include local nature - the land, the water, the air, the native creatures - within the membership of the community.”
— Wendell Berry, Conserving Communities, 1995
We hope you are staying safe at home during this pandemic. Our office will remain closed to public visitors until it is safe again to open. Staff are working remotely and are available through the phone and email. We will check our voicemail weekly and get back to you promptly. Please be patient as we navigate how to serve you while also following safety protocols. 

Geri Johnson, Administrative Secretary, jeffersonswcd@gmail.com
Erin James, Environmental Educator, wildcommonwealth@outlook.com
Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Specialist, urbanagconservationist@gmail.com
Louisville Urban Invasive Species Management  
Funding Still Available for Focused Conservation 
 
In 2019, Kentucky staff working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service shifted gears in how funding for conservation practices makes it to the land. The idea stems from watershed planning, which targets whole geographic areas having identified resources concerns, as opposed to individually owned plots of land. Focus areas are identified by workgroups that include organizations working locally, such as the Conservation Districts. The hope is that this way of implementing conservation will increase the impact of each dollar spent to improve private farms and the communities they surround.

For a five-year period starting in fiscal year 2020 (October 2019), NRCS Kentucky has authorized $166,178 for a Kentucky Focused Conservation Project to improve wildlife habitat for birds and small animal species. The extent of this project spans the 116,398.25 acres of Metro Louisville, and lands adjacent to the Louisville Loop and the Ohio River.

Funded conservation practices will include those that remove invasive species and plant native habitat; Brush Management, Herbaceous Weed Treatment, and Conservation Cover.

Currently, 3 properties have been approved for this project and there is still funding available. Applications can be submitted at any time, however, applications are only approved once during the fiscal year.

For more information go to the KY Focused Conservation Projects page or contact the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District at jeffersonswcd@gmail.com / 502.499.1900.
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