USDA Rocky Mount Service Center *1297 State Street* Rocky Mount* VA 24151 or call at (540) 352-3312 and visit us at www.brswcd.org Please direct your FOIA request for public records and who will oversee the public body's compliance with the provisions of section 2.2-3704.2.C to Kathy B. Smith, Program Manager/Education Coordinator at email@example.com The District Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month in Rocky Mount, Virginia at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. However, due to COVID-19 it is not possible to accommodate the general public and maintain social distancing. Contact the District Office to find out the location of the next meeting. We appreciate your patience during this pandemic. Contact the District Office to find out the location of the next meeting.
The Annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme. The 2020 Poster Contest theme was “Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators”?
CONGRATULATIONS to Alexander, Silas and Eden winners of the 2020 Blue Ridge SWCD Poster Contest! Your posters have been sent to the Virginia Association of Conservation Districts to be judged on the state level. The winners in the state level will be announced in the near future.
The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.
Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district contact the VASWCD (www.vaswcd.org). District winners advance to the state level. Only Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts can forward their local winning poster entries to the VASWCD office for consideration at the state level. Local SWCDs need to submit these poster winners to the VASWCD for consideration by October 16, 2020. Virginia state winners will advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.
Any Girl Scout or Boy Scout who creates a poster and submits it to their local SWCD for judging can earn the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch. When submitting a poster to earn the Poster Contest Patch, be sure to check the box on the entry form. Please note that poster patches are distributed in December each year. For more information about the VASWCD Poster Contest Scout Patch visit vaswcd.org.
Winners in each category on the district level will be announced after October 10, 2020.
Poster Categories by Grade:
The contest is open to public, private or home school students, girl scout/boy scout troops, etc.
VCAP offers a wide variety of practices that can help individual homeowners and other groups control stormwater, improve water quality, and beautify their property, all the while reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients that make it into Virginia’s waterways. There is a wealth of information available at http://vaswcd.org/vcap, including overviews of each practice, project photos, and more technical information.
The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District,
located at 1297 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA, 24151, is now accepting application
for the Program Year 2021 Virginia Agricultural Cost Share (VACS) program. This program offers conservation practices to
farmers that include planting winter cover crops on cropland, ways to manage
and store animal waste, plans for use of nutrients, exclusion of livestock from
streams, install watering systems and rotational grazing, plant trees to
convert crop and pastureland to forest, plus several other practices. These practices are incentivized and can pay
up to 100% paid by a reimbursement. To
qualify, land must be currently in agricultural production with a water quality
concern present. For more information,
please call the Blue Ridge SWCD at 540-352-3312 and ask for Michael Tabor or
Allen Jackson. Our early sign-up deadline is September 4, 2020 and new
practices will be ranked and approved no earlier than the September 28th
Blue Ridge SWCD Board Meeting. Programs
offered through Blue Ridge SWCD are available to all people regardless of race,
color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation.
In November 2019, Freeda Cathcart was elected as the Blue Ridge SWCD’s newest director, representing the City of Roanoke. In the early 1990’s, Cathcart was the President of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op. She was one of the Founders of the Left Bank Land Co. in Floyd, Virginia working with the shareholders to create the “Artesia” Land Trust on their property in 1995. Artesia protects the watershed and the old growth forest from being developed for future generations. The property associated with the Left Bank Land Co. supports several successful farm market growers and independent cottage industries.
Cathcart currently serves on the “League of Women Voters of the Roanoke Valley” and “Points of Diversity” boards. She and her husband of 32 years have four children. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and singing in her church’s choir.
VA, August 12, 2019. Daphne
Jamison, a recognized leader in conservation for over 35 years, was inducted
into the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD’s) Southeast
Region Conservation Hall of Fame at a luncheon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Aug.
5th during the NACD Southeast Region Meeting. The Hall of Fame honors
distinguished conservationists whose careers have resulted in the wise use of
our nations precious natural resources upon which we all depend. Jamison was
nominated for the honor by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water
Conservation Districts (VASWCD) for her significant contribution to soil and
VASWCD President Chip Jones stated that “Someone who
practices what he or she preaches is someone that is well-suited to become a great
leader, and Daphne is an example of someone who works hard in and out of the
workplace, not for fame and recognition but because she wants to and that’s who
A graduate of Radford College, Daphne spent 33 years
teaching science in Roanoke County Public Schools. However, retirement hasn’t
slowed down Daphne in the slightest. Daphne has served the Blue Ridge Soil
& Water Conservation District (BRSWCD) for three decades and has been
re-elected repeatedly as a Director. She has worked extensively with the VASWCD
and served as President in 2001 and 2002.
Daphne has donated countless
hours of energy and expertise towards the promotion of soil and water
conservation work on a watershed basis, in addition to securing funds
for non-point source pollution programs across Virginia. She was appointed by
Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board
and has worked closely with the Department of Conservation and Recreation
(DCR). In 2013, she received the Bobby Wilkinson Award, the highest honor a
SWCD Director can be awarded. Even in her downtime, Daphne has been an
active member in her community, volunteering to monitor water quality for over
30 years alongside Ferrum College and the Smith Mountain Lake Association.
Executive Director Kendall Tyree commented that “Daphne is
deserving of more than just this award, because her dedication and enthusiasm for
conservation is contagious to everyone she encounters. Her contributions to the
advancement of conservation have been impactful across the Commonwealth. We are grateful for her dedication and
commitment and are proud to have nominated her for this recognition.”
The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation
Districts (VASWCD) is the non-profit organization that represents Virginia’s 47
conservation districts and about 680 men and women who serve on their staffs
and governing boards. For more than 70
years, conservation districts have worked with cooperating land users and local
jurisdictions to help them plan and apply effective conservation
practices. For more information about
VASWCD, visit: www.vaswcd.org.
Over 35 years ago, The NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education when National Energy Education Day was recognized by a Joint Congressional Resolution. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation stressing the need for comprehensive energy education in our schools, a reduction of our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. Since its founding, NEED has kept its Kids Teaching Kids philosophy as a fundamental principle of NEED programming – encouraging students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students. NEED is expanding and evolving to best meet the needs of teachers and students – in the classroom and beyond… NEED students are the future of the energy workforce. Students interested in engineering, science, economics, environmental sciences, law, geology and a host of other disciplines have a role in the energy industry. We work hard to help teachers meet the requirements of state standards, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. As states adopt their new standards, NEED will continue working to provide state alignments to our entire curriculum portfolio. To learn more about NEED visit https://need.org.