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January 2018 - Happy New Year!!
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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
A trail winds through a natural area in the South Floyd's Fork area of Jefferson County.
Conservation-Minded Development
JCSWCD Engages to Encourage Conservation in South Floyd's Fork
 
As developers look to the area around the new Parklands for development opportunities, Louisville Metro has undertaken a neighborhood planning effort for a large area in the Floyds Fork Watershed known as South Floyd's Fork. A 14-member advisory group consisting of residents and professionals recommended by Councilman Stuart Benson and appointed by the Mayor have met monthly since mid-2017. Their goal is to complete the plan by July 2018.

Louisville has a chance to catch up with other peer cities such as Nashville in establishing a green infrastructure network involving the development of land in this sensitive area. The study area is anchored by the 4,000 acre Parklands of Floyds Fork. Special care must be undertaken in protecting natural resources in the area so our community and the million plus visitors to the Parklands have a healthy Floyds Fork Creek in which to play, fish, and swim. Given Jefferson County's not so stellar history of protecting streams for public and environmental benefit, this new planning effort has set forth guiding principles around the topics of connected, healthy, authentic, sustainable and equitable. You can read the detail of those principles at this LINK. The Conservation District is honored by Councilmen Benson's appointment of Supervisors Mike Farmer, David Kaelin, and USDA-NRCS Urban Conservationist Kurt Mason to serve on the advisory board.

You can find out more information about this effort on Louisville Metro's website HERE, and on the South Floyd Fork's Vision website HERE.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS. Be a part of the visioning process for the South Floyd's Fork area and complete this survey!


New Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA Announces $10 million in CIG Grants
 
 
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program’s (EQIP) Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are a great way the Farm Bill helps drive innovation in conservation. NRCS just announced a new $10 million funding pool to focus on three areas: grazing lands, organic systems, and soil health. Interested in applying for a CIG grant? Learn more by clicking here. Grant proposals are due February 26th.

You can also contact us at the conservation district if you are interested in the grant program by calling (502) 499-1900 and asking for Kurt Mason.
Scholarships for Higher Education 
Receive Funds for Agriculture and Natural Resources Fields of Study

The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Auxillary sponsors three $1,000 scholarships each year. The George Crafton Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, the Natural Resource Scholarship is for college students and the Betty Barrick Non-Traditional Scholarship is for college students who are at least 25 years old.

Those applying for the scholarship will need to be qualified young men and women that are interested in agriculture and natural resources fields. Click HERE for more information on the scholarships available and how to apply.

The KACD Auxillary has helped to send numerous young people to the school of their choice with the three scholarships to students interested in careers in agriculture. Educating our youth for tomorrow will be beneficial to all those concerned with the wise use and managment of our natural resources.
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