The Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD) strongly believes in assisting landowners and land managers in improving their land.  To this end, we offer seminars, workshops, and classes that benefit property owners and homeowners that are in keeping with conservation planning and implementation.  Our seminars offer information regarding good land stewardship using conservation methods for water efficiency, planting with natives, and proper resource management.
Our partnerships with other organizations such as Nevada County Farm BureauCalifornia Farmlink, Bear Yuba Land TrustSierra Foothills Audubon Society, Nevada Irrigation District, PG&ENevada County FairgroundsMaster Gardeners, etc. demonstrate the common goal we have of educating local property owners to use best management practices to conserve the natural resources of Nevada County.


Registration is required as there is a limit to how many people some sites can accommodate.
Attendees will be given the name and address of the venue when they register.

Donations to our non-profit speakers are appreciated.

Topic:  Tree Mortality and Bark Beetle Workshop - 2
Date:  Friday, November 18th, 2016
Time:  9 am to 12 pm
Speaker:  Multiple

We will have five different speakers addressing different aspects of this issue.  
  • Find out what to do about your bark beetle-infested trees
  • Responsibility for removal of trees
  • Removal costs
  • Logistics in removal (cranes, etc.)
  • Clean-up - what to do with the trees once they're down
  • Tree removal near powerlines
  • Tree-harvest paperwork
This workshop is now closed.

Topic:  Farmer & Rancher Succession Planning WorkshopLambpede_JAB_031516_70_reduced.jpg
Date:  Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Time:  10 am to 3 pm
Speaker:  California FarmLink
Fee:  $35 per person
         $25 Farm Bureau members

Are you a rancher or farmer who is wondering how you will be able to retire and pass your knowledge on to the next generation?

Are you a new rancher or farmer who is wondering how you can get started and build on what established ranchers and farmers have accomplished?

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District, in partnership with the Nevada County Farm Bureau and California FarmLink, is hosting a workshop that will help answer these questions and more.  By the end of this workshop you will understand:

•  The basic components of ranch and farm succession planning and how to get started with the first conversation.
•  The key financial risks in retirement planning and how the use of options like financing, leasing, or easements can help.
•  The first few steps in analyzing and valuing your ranch or farm business.
•  The resources and advisors available to help this process along.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

You must fill out a "Needs Assessment" form prior to attending.  Click here to go to the form.

This workshop is now closed.

Topic:  Forest Raptors of Nevada CountyNorthern-Red-Tailed-Hawk.jpg
Date:  Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Amanda Shufelberger

Our speaker will be Amanda Shufelberger.  Amanda received her Bachelors of Science from Humboldt State University in Wildlife and has worked for USFWS, USFS, and National Parks Service. Currently she is a wildlife biologist with Sierra Pacific Industries.  She puts on an excellent presentation including photos, audio clips of raptor calls, and has an amazing ability to mimic different types of raptor calls.  As an extra bonus, she will update us on the health and life of “Buddy” the wolverine, who has been seen each year for ten seasons.

This seminar is now closed. 

Topic:  Firewise Landscaping with Animals20140605143351-Potential_067.jpg
Date:  Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Alana Fowler

No matter how large or small the property, rural land-owners must ensure the safety of their home and property by reducing the risk of wildfire.  Alana Fowler, owner of The Goat Works and Fowler Family Farm, will speak on the advantages and benefits of using animals (such as goats, pigs, and cows) for natural, ecologically-sensitive control of weeds and brush, and efficient, cost-effective reduction of fuel for fire danger management.

 This seminar is now closed.

Topic:  Fruit and Vegetable Growers Irrigation Workshopveggies_2016.jpg
Date:  Thursday, April 13th, 2017 - Postponed to Tuesday, April 18th due to forecasted inclement weather
Time:  9 am to 12 pm
Speakers:  Cindy Fake
Learn about:
  • Low volume irrigation systems for fruits and vegetables
  • Estimating soil moisture-by-feel
  • Using soil moisture monitoring tools
  • Techniques such as mulching and cover crops that help conserve water and keep your crops healthy

Register online at

Registration is required as space is limited. This workshop is intended to help commercial growers conserve water and improve soil and crop production.

This is a FIELD workshop.  Please make sure to bring a camp chair, walking shoes, and sunscreen with you.   
For more information:
Contact Cindy Fake at (530) 889-7385 or
Brought to you by:  NID, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, and UCANR
This workshop is now closed.

Topic:  Irrigated Pasture Management WorkshopUntitled.png
Date:  Saturday, April 29th, 2017 
Time:  9 am to 12 pm
Speakers:  Roger Ingram 

Learn how to maintain your pasture and improve water management and system efficiency.  Topics include:  Understanding the physical and biological characteristics of your soil; estimating soil moisture; types of sprinkler and flood irrigation; irrigation management and scheduling; fertilization strategies; grazing management practices; and commonly planted forages.  This workshop features indoor and outdoor presentations.  Light refreshments will be provided onsite.

This will be one of Roger’s last workshops he will conduct as an Advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension. He retires on June 28th.  We hope you can make it to this  FIELD workshop.  Please make sure to bring a camp chair, walking shoes, and sunscreen with you.  Cool
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Topic:  Pond Maintenance IssuesJune_2010_new_pond026.jpg
Date:  Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Jason Jackson

This seminar will talk about common issues with pond maintenance and management.  Maintenance of a pond is based on the water source and purposes of the pond, whether it is for fishing, wildlife, swimming, aesthetics, or other purposes.  Our speaker, Jason Jackson, a 37-year USDA/NRCS veteran with expertise in basic pond managment, will go through the do's and don'ts of pond maintenance.  Representatives of Nevada Irrigation District (NID) will also be on-hand to help answer all your questions.

This seminar is now closed. 

Topic:  Fruit Trees and Tree-fruit ProductionIMG_2468.jpg
Date:  Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Chris Bierwagen

Chris Bierwagen is a fourth generation farmer at Bierwagen's Donner Trail Fruit.  He is the expert for all your growing-related questions. Chris has developed quite a following with his orchard pruning expertise, as well as his landscape knowledge.   He will help you select a species or variety that is adapted to the local climate and resistant to common diseases - eliminating problems that can lead to tree death and lack of productivity, explain what size (dwarf, semi-dwarf, standard) is right for you and your property, what to look for when choosing a tree from the local nursery, and tips for growing productive fruit trees.  
This seminar is now closed.

Topic:  Attracting Pollinators in Nevada Countypollinator_paradise_garden_late_summer_by_master_gardeners_for_web.jpg
Date:  Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Bonnie Bradt

It is estimated that animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops.  Each of us depends on these industrious pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat.  Bonnie Bradt, a UCCE Master Gardener with degrees from U.C. Davis in Zoology and Entomology, will be talking about the many different types of pollinators found here in Nevada County.  Learn which varieties of plants to use, why it makes a difference, and much more.

This seminar is now closed.

Topic:  Northern California Bats62283683_oCwGXTBm_03LITTLEBROWNBATIIIU_for_web.jpg
Date:  Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Corky Quirk

Our speaker will be Corky Quirk.  Corky is the founder of NorCal Bats and is an educator and wildlife rescuer/rehabilitator.  She puts on an excellent presentation including live, non-releasable, native bats as ambassadors.  Corky is committed to public education regarding the environmental benefits of bats and dispelling fears and myths that lead to the death of roosts and colonies.  Learn about these animals and their importance as insect control.