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Conservation Connection e-blast - August 23, 2013

Conservation Connection e-blast



The latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners.

An NRCS employee an a farmer working together to develop a conservation plan for the farm.Applying for federal conservation programs? Step 1: Get a conservation plan

Massachusetts farmland or forest land owners and managers who would like federal help addressing soil, water, forest management, energy efficiency and wildlife habitat concerns are encouraged to contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by October 18th to get a conservation plan.



S.K. Worm graphicBack-to-School with NRCS

Just in time for the new school year, the nation’s private lands conservation agency is releasing new online education resources. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is unveiling its revamped Teachers and Students webpage, home to a wealth of scholastic resources for youngsters and teachers. These tools help students learn about soil, water, air, plants and animals and how they help us sustain a healthy earth.


A tree canopy viewed from the ground.Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day

The 2013 Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day will be held on Saturday September 14th at Charles MacDonald’s Tree Farm on Sampson Road in Huntington. The Field Day will include tours of recent work done with NRCS help to create early successional habitat on some of MacDonald’s land, and to improve aesthetics and habitat from a recent timber harvest. 


Worcester County Conservation District seeks tree seedling program coordinator

The Worcester County Conservation District has a part-time opportunity to assist with the district’s annual tree/plant seedling sale. The Coordinator will be responsible for developing and promoting sales activities from October through May.


Infographic: Healthy Soil Secrets

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Infographic: Half of soil composition should be air and water.


Half of a healthy soil's composition should be pore space that contains air and water. An ideal soil composition by volume should be approximately 25 percent water, 25 percent air, 45 percent mineral and 5 percent organic matter.

Want more soil secrets? Check out and Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.