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 landowners and property managers 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:  Monarch Conservation in the Central Sierramonarch butterfly purchased 082418 (1).jpg
Date:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time:  9 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Higgins Fire Station 23 

                 Grass Valley, CA 95949

Please join us and the Xerces Society to learn more about western monarchs, milkweed, and how you can get involved in current conservation efforts.  The workshop will be broken into a classroom and field session.  We will begin with a morning classroom session at the Higgins Fire Station 23.  After that we will head to the Barhydt Ranch (0.5 miles from the fire station) for lunch and a field session where we will search milkweeds for adult and immature monarchs, and talk about habitat restoration practices.

Workshop topics will include:
1. Basics of the monarch life cycle and migration
2. Conservation status of western monarchs and reasons for their decline
3. How you can become involved in monarch conservation efforts, including citizen science
4. Opportunities to improve habitat on your land through programs with the NRCS and USFWS


There is a $15 fee for the course. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 40 people.
Lunch will be provided, but you may want to bring a lunch if you have specific dietary restrictions.
This is a FIELD WORKSHOP.  Please make sure to bring a camp chair, walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen with you. 


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Topic:  Northern California Batsbat_ok_to_use_hdm_pallid_bat.jpg
Date:  Thursday, July 31, 2018
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.

Topic:  Wasps of Nevada County: Friend, Foe, or Both?Polistes_dominula_nest_-_paper_wasps_reduced.jpg
Date:  Monday, June 11, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Bonnie Bradt
Bonnie, a UCCE Master Gardener has degrees from U.C. Davis in Zoology and Entomology.
When people see a wasp, or THINK they see a wasp, they usually grab a fly swatter or a spray can.  In this seminar you will learn: to tell the difference between bees and wasps; what "meat bees" really are; if wasps are important pollinators; the impact of trapping wasps on our property; and much more.  Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures who scare us, help us, and sometimes share our picnics.

Topic:  Fruit Tree Production & PruningIMG_2468.jpg
Date:  Thursday, May 31, 2018
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.

Topic:  Irrigated Pasture Management WorkshopUntitled.png
Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time:  8 am to 11:30 am
Speaker:  Dan Macon
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 managment 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 is a FIELD WORKSHOP.  Please make sure to bring a camp chair, walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen with you. 

Topic:  Update on Nevada County Biomass Facilityforest-biomass-toso-5x7.jpg
Date:  Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Steve Eubanks

Steve Eubanks, chair of the Nevada County Biomass Task Force and former Tahoe National Forest supervisor, will update us on the efforts to bring a 3-megawatt gasification biomass facility to Nevada County, the positive effects for the environment, wildfire safety, and adding energy to the grid.  

Topic:  Discover the Fun of Natural FibersFarm_Day_092415_160.JPG
Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Shan Kendall - Foothill Fibers Guild

Our speaker will be Shan Kendall, outreach coordinator of the Foothill Fibers Guild. A retired Waldorf teacher, Shan loves to educate and inspire both children and adults about the world of local fibers and how they can used to create beautiful clothing and useful items.  She will be bringing a picture presentation of local fibers; their production and preparation; and samples of local fibers, yarns, and beautiful creations made by fellow FFG members.  There will be a live demonstration of spinning, weaving, and natural fiber preparation. 

Topic:  Birds in BlackFarm_Day_092415_107.JPG
Date:  Monday, April 9, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Janey Powers

Janey Powers has rehabilitated wildlife for more than 16 years.  She is a Gold Country Wildlife Rescue member, an Audubon Volunteer of the Year, a Nevada County Conservationist of the Year, and raises prize-winning, rainbow-hued eggs on her Hopeful Hill Ranch west of Nevada City.
In this seminar, Janey will bring rescued “Birds in Black” for us to meet - up close and personal!  Join us for an exciting evening with the smartest birds in the world! 

Topic:  Wildlife of the Pacific Crest Trailmarten_2.jpg
Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2016
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Kelly Weintraub

In 2017, local NRCS partner wildlife biologist Kelly Weintraub hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada.  Along the way, she encountered animals of all sizes - up close and at a distance.  She blogged about her journey and will hopefully be turning those stories into a book!  Join us for an evening of fun stories and fantastic photos.

Topic:  Where Fire is Working: Discover the Natural Benefits of FireUntitled.png
           in Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks
Date:  Monday, February 12, 2018
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Kate Wilkin, PhD

We are fortunate to have as our speaker Dr. Kate Wilkin, PhD who is the new Forestry, Fire Science, and Natural Resources Advisor for Sutter, Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties.

People and wildland fire are integral to California.  Today, people and fire are often in opposition of one another, which requires us to find new ways to coexist.  Fire suppression now causes catastrophic human and environmental consequences.  An example of this is the 2013 Rim Fire. Ravaging 257,000 acres in just a few weeks, the Rim Fire seemed unstoppable. However, the fire’s northeast flank fizzled out when it reached Yosemite’s Frog Creek Wildland Fire Use Area, a place where frequent fires have been promoted since the 1970s.