Registration now open for our Member Annual Meeting
While it is a requirement that we hold an annual meeting for our membership, at VSN cherish the opportunity to tell you all about what we have been doing and what we will be doing in the future. Join us for a warm evening of snacks and drinks, visiting with other members, and listening to the progress your local conservation organization is making. You can register online, by calling (608) 637-3615 or email email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Registration For Our FREE Spring/Summer 2017 Workshops Is Now Open!
We are thrilled to let you know that our Spring/ Summer Workshop registration is now open. Check out the descriptions and register today for your favorites. You can begin your exploration here. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Cover Crop Field Day- April 7th at 10 am
An exciting cover crop field day will be held Friday, April 7th at the Swede Knutson Farm near Feryville. Have questions about cover crops? This is a great opportunity to hear how area farmers are finding ways to improve soil, save money, and increase crop yields by using cover crops!
Featured topics demonstrated will include faster and easier methods of establishing cover crops, including, establishing rye after corn grain using air-flow seeding with a side-by-side comparison of incorporating with vertical tillage and not using tillage. Cover crops established in 2016 also include red clover and radish after winter wheat, and aerial fly-over seeding of oats, rye, and radish on standing corn.
Refreshments provided, register today. RSVP by calling Sarah at 608-637-5480.
This field day is sponsored by Vernon and Crawford County LWCD’s, NRCS, UW-Extension, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Kickapoo Landowners: Conservation Options for Your Land and Programs to fund this work!
March 13th in Gays Mills, WI or March 14th in Viroqua, WI, 6:30 pm
We are all connected and our lands are too. The Kickapoo Boots-on-the-Ground Collaborative, a network of grassroots conservation organizations, focuses on promoting a wide variety of conservation practices that will conserve soil and reduce runoff on your land and in your watershed. Our staff from Southwest Badger RC&D, the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and Valley Stewardship Network will evaluate the resources on your land and help you access programs you need to make it happen. We have information about the new NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) funding within the Kickapoo as well as general Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding. Staff from NRCS will be attending both events. Speakers will include:
- John Delaney, Valley Stewardship Network: Tallgrass prairie strips for water/nutrient retention and biodiversity
- Cynthia Olmstead, Kickapoo Grazing Initiative: Managed grazing for conservation—an ecologically and economically viable option for Kickapoo landowners
- Neil Slifka for Brandon Bleuer, SW Badger RC&D: You Are the Key to Oak Restoration
- Neil Slifka, SW Badger RC&D: Invasive Species Management in the Driftless
There will be two opportunities to attend:
- Monday, March 13th (6:30-8:00 pm) New Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 Wisconsin Hwy 131, Gays MIlls
- Tuesday, March 14th (6:30-8:00 pm) Viroqua American Legion, 120 N Rusk Ave, Viroqua
Questions or RSVP to Cynthia Olmstead 608-606-6022 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations, Water Action Volunteers!
We are happy to share the news that Valley Stewardship Network and our Water Action Volunteers (WAV) have recently been recognized with several awards from The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These awards recognize groups and individuals for work leading to increased participation in stream monitoring, collecting valuable stream data, and sharing knowledge of stream monitoring with others. Read the full story in our newsletter, Watershed Visions – Spring 2016.
Custom Mapping Services
Our plans for a Mapping Service Center, utilizing the open source software QGIS, will allow landowners to map everything from soils and hydrology to historic land use, elevations, and vegetative cover. Aerial photos will also be part of the menu of spatial data layers. If you have an interest in this fascinating and powerful tool, See our GIS workshop offerings.