Excellent photography can communicate volumes. To recognize individuals who use this tool effectively and creatively, NACD and NACD Auxiliary joined forces to host an annual National Photo Contest. The contest is open to all amateur photographers who reside in the U.S. or its territories. Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conser...vation in Action, or Agriculture and Conservation Across America. Click here to view examples for each of the categories.

Photos are judged on technical merit and composition. On technical merit, photos will be judged on whether they are well-framed, properly exposed, and sharp/clear. On composition, the photos will be judged on imagination and creativity. One winner will be selected for each category and age division (adults are 19 and older as of December 1, 2017.) Each first place District winner will receive a monetary prize and go on to compete at the national level.

For more details, including contest rules and entry forms, call 1-352-486-2672 or email us at

All submissions must be entered by March 30, 2018 and meet all eligibility requirements.

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The annual Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect the annual Stewardship theme, and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries, and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to... the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.

The poster contest is open to public, private, and home-schooled students. For more information on the 2018 competition requirements or to enter the contest in Dixie County, call 1-352-486-2672 or email:

Places 1st through 3rd win prizes or gift cards for each age category.

Research Resources available at:…/u…/2016/07/Watersheds-Resources.pdf

All submissions must be received by the March 30, 2018 deadline and meet eligibility requirements.

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Dixie Soil & Water Conservation District added 28 new photos from February 2 to the album: 2018 TRI-COUNTY LAND JUDGING CONTEST.
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Mark your calendars: Model My Watershed webinar December 21st!

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar is scheduled for 12:00 noon-1:00 pm Easter...n time on December 21, 2017 and will feature the online app, Model My Watershed (MMW), which is part of the toolkit.

The development of this online resource, led by Stroud Water Research Center, provides the means to easily visualize maps and model outputs that show the effects of current and possible future land uses and watershed restorations on storm water runoff and water quality. MMW is a free professional-grade toolkit conservation practitioners, municipal decision makers, educators, and others can use to predict how proposed restoration projects and other changes to land cover will affect or improve conditions in a watershed.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at with your name, title, district or business name, state, and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

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As we celebrate World Soil Day on December 5, it is only appropriate to also celebrate those who help maintain and improve soil health across our country’s land...scape.

NACD’s Soil Health Champions Network is a group of such individuals – landowners and operators who have made improving the soil in their operation and landscape a priority and share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Read on in this blog post from NACD's North Central Region Representative Beth Mason:

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By Beth Mason As we celebrate World Soil Day on December 5, it is only appropriate to also celebrate those who help maintain and improve soil health across our country’s landscape. NACD’s Soil Health Champions Network is a group of such individuals – landowners and operators who have made impr...

Ever wondered why the Suwannee Valley has so many more springs and sink holes that the rest of Florida?

The Cody Escarpment runs across North Florida and into ...Central Florida. It represents the ancient shoreline of our state. In this area, ancient seawaters created the perfect recipe to form the karst features of our aquifer system making the area a location of intense surface water recharge to the Floridan aquifer system via sinking streams and sinkholes!

If you see a significant rise or drop in topography in North Florida, you may be on the Cody Escarpment! Visit

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The Cody Scarp is the erosional edge of the Hawthorn Group rocks (Scott, 1988; Scott, 1992) and represents a location of intense recharge of surface water to the Floridan aquifer system via sinking streams and sinkholes (expressed at the surface), and in certain areas controls the water chemistry in...
Suwannee River Water Management District added 5 new photos.

Educating young minds! The District hosted students from UF / IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering Irrigation and Drainage class on a tour of North Florida Holsteins and Mallory Swamp to showcase conservation projects.

Learn all about the amazing world of bats!
Our furry, flighted friends have quite a lot of positive effects on our world. From the billions of dollars they save us in pesticides, to natural pollination and seed spreading, let’s learn why we need bats.
By Sara Kangas Bat Week is held each October 24 – 31 and raises awareness for how integral bats are to our ecosystems. Bats are some of America’s best pollinators, but they’re often shrouded in mystery! Here are some facts about pollinating bats in the United States: Chiropterophily is the official…

It's throwback Thursday! Here's a look back at our Shired Island project. Dixie Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Suwannee River Water Management District and Dixie County Board of County Commissioners, to improve the waste management and public facilities at Shired Island County Park. The park is owned and operated by Dixie County and is accessible for the general public for recreational use including overnight camping. Check out these before and after pictures!

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