Tri - County / City Soil & Water Conservation District

Tri - County / City Soil & Water Conservation District Focusing action and establishing partnerships to achieve soil and water conservation.

Tri-County/City SWCD serves the Commonwealth of Virginia Counties of King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg. We are a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. Like other conservation districts, Tri-County/City SWCD is self-governed, non-profit, and establishes priorities, sets policy, and administers programs to conserve soil and water resources. Tri-County/City SWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides technical assistance, information, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and newsletters to citizens on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and stream health.

Mission: To provide leadership, education, and technical programs to assist all resource users to conserve, sustain, and improve soil, water, and related resources.

District Director’s Volunteer Conservation efforts recognized Statewide Tri-County/City SWCD Board of Directors represen...
05/30/2020

District Director’s Volunteer Conservation efforts recognized Statewide Tri-County/City SWCD Board of Directors representative for Spotsylvania County, Jan Massey, was recently recognized for National Volunteer Week 2020 by the Virginia branch of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Ms. Massey, who is also a local farmer and retired teacher, was highlighted by NRCS for her work as an outstanding Virginia “Earth Team” volunteer, who support the agricultural conservation work of NRCS.

Successful producers who couple a belief in conservation with a willingness to volunteer can be a great asset to field offices seeking to connect with farmers and forest landowners who haven't yet worked with the NRCS. Jan Massey is just such an individual, helping open new doors for the agency staff in nearby Fredericksburg to provide services for her neighbors in Spotsylvania County.

“Jan is often one of our 'go to' producers when we want to experiment with something new because we know she will be an early adopter if science can back up any claims of improvement to natural resource conditions," said Lucee Kossler, district conservationist at the NRCS’ Fredericksburg Field Office.

Congratulations Jan Massey!

For today's Backyard Nature, we spotted poison ivy! Notice the three leaves. But also check out the single lobes on the ...
05/29/2020

For today's Backyard Nature, we spotted poison ivy! Notice the three leaves. But also check out the single lobes on the two outer leaves and double lobes on the middle leaf. The lobes are one indication of this plant.

Poison Ivy can cause an allergic reaction when the oils from its leaves, stem, or root come in contact with your skin. Wash the contact area as soon as possible to reduce your chance of getting the rash.

Here is a "fun" poison ivy story from one of our volunteers 🍃 "I was working with the Master Gardeners a few years ago when we were documenting trees on the University of Mary Washington campus. It was in the middle of winter and I was tasked with measuring the trunk of trees. It wasn't until I was done with one of the measurements where I was hugging this HUGE tree that I realized there was poison ivy all over it! Miraculously, I never got a rash. Maybe I'm one of those few people that doesn't get a reaction but I sure wouldn't want to test that theory!"

Keep an eye out for this little plant this summer and stay safe! 🌿🥾

Happy Friday!
05/29/2020

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! The energy in this poster is inspiring to take action & protect our pollinators 🐝💕🐝💕🐝#NACD #pollinators
05/29/2020

Happy Friday! The energy in this poster is inspiring to take action & protect our pollinators 🐝💕🐝💕🐝

#NACD #pollinators

Quaranturtle? Did you know that eastern box turtles will bury into the soil during wintertime and completely close their...
05/28/2020

Quaranturtle? Did you know that eastern box turtles will bury into the soil during wintertime and completely close their shells for a good nap? Soil acts as a home not only for little critters like bacteria & worms but also bigger ones like turtles & moles!

Caption this photo... ❤️🐢🧜‍♀️

Check out the nature in our backyard!This leaf belongs to the Sweetgum Tree. Though this guy is not quite a full grown t...
05/28/2020

Check out the nature in our backyard!

This leaf belongs to the Sweetgum Tree. Though this guy is not quite a full grown tree yet, the Sweetgum can get up to 70 feet tall! The star-shaped leaves give this tree away but it is most recognizable in Autumn when they turn purple-red. You can already see the little dots in the leaves where it will change colors.

One of the Central Rappahannock Chapter - Virginia Master Naturalists taught us that when you crush the leaves, they emit an aroma - another sure way to identify the Sweetgum. Some say that the scent is sweet like apples... while others pick up turpentine! And have you seen those spiky balls in the winter everywhere? Those belong to the Sweetgum Tree as well!

No fruit! No honey! No flowers! We 💕 all of the color in this poster 🐝💕🐝
05/28/2020

No fruit! No honey! No flowers! We 💕 all of the color in this poster 🐝💕🐝

Let's take a look at the nature in our backyard!Commonly known as Indian or Mock Strawberry, this plant is often confuse...
05/27/2020

Let's take a look at the nature in our backyard!

Commonly known as Indian or Mock Strawberry, this plant is often confused for wild strawberries. The flowers that bloom alongside it are yellow as opposed to the true strawberry's white flowers. The Mock Strawberry originates from Asia and though a non-native species is actually edible. The fruit has no taste as it contains primarily water while the leaves have been used to brew tea.

Check out your own yard or nearby greenspace and see if you can spot the Mock Strawberry 🍓🤔

Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events
05/27/2020

Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events

***We have opened up more spots and working through the waitlist. If you can't register please get on the waitlist. We appreciate your patience.***

The wait is over! Since summer camps are canceled then why not bring the summer camp home with you. We are excited to introduce our Camp @ Home box! We have put together the ultimate summer camp experience packaged in a box to do at home. Each box will include ALL the supplies for 5 activities per day, per camper. That is a total of 25 activities for the week! Activities will range from basic crafts to tie dying a one of a kind Camp @ Home t-shirt! Activities are geared toward ages 5-11 years old. Check out the attached flyer for more information. Pre-registration is required. You can register online at www.FredParksRec.com or over the phone at 540-372-1086 ext. 0. Registration starts tomorrow (May 27th) at 9am and quantities are limited!

Pollinators are crucial for the food we eat. 💕🐝💕 We are impressed by this submission's attention to detail.
05/27/2020

Pollinators are crucial for the food we eat. 💕🐝💕 We are impressed by this submission's attention to detail.

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension next month for an online educational series on Agritourism! Whether you're a pro...
05/26/2020

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension next month for an online educational series on Agritourism! Whether you're a producer, industry personnel, or just someone interested in agritourism, these webinar series are open to all and will provide time for interactive questions and discussions.

The live sessions happen at 1 PM on June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 with different topics on each day. The sessions cover "What is Agritourism?", "Building a Business Plan", "Agritourism Marketing", "Agritourism Safety & Insurance", and "Agritourism Partnerships". Register here for the zoom sessions: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsdumvqjgjH9Ex81Y6Ihb_VXXzgjd3w8fa

Lichen (light green) are commonly confused for moss (dark green). Moss is a type of plant that can grow on forest floors...
05/26/2020

Lichen (light green) are commonly confused for moss (dark green). Moss is a type of plant that can grow on forest floors, wood surfaces, even brick. Moss has a rich history in Japanese gardening and is excellent cover to prevent soil erosion in shaded areas where grass may not grow.

On the other hand, lichen (pronounced "Like-Anne") is an organism that forms when algae or cyanobacteria thrive within other fungi. They are classified by the fungus host and have exceptionally wide diversity. Lichen can grow on other moss, rocks, trees, bricks, and even plastic! They are considered to be among some of the oldest living things on the planet and have been used to date events in a process called "lichenometry".

Next time you see these on your daily walk or hike, take a few minutes to examine the lush greenery of moss and exquisite history of lichen!

Today's conservation poster highlight submission and we can't say it better: not only bees, but bats, hummingbirds, and ...
05/26/2020

Today's conservation poster highlight submission and we can't say it better: not only bees, but bats, hummingbirds, and even wasps are all pollinators! We ❤ their bat! 🐝💕🦇

#NACD #pollinators

REMINDER: The informational Zoom meeting on the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is TODAY at NOON. https:...
05/25/2020

REMINDER: The informational Zoom meeting on the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is TODAY at NOON. https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/93863932500

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced CFAP on April 17, 2020. CFAP will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities. Beginning May 26, USDA's Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. While offices are open by phone appointment only, FSA will be working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email and online tools to process applications.

This was an absolute favorite poster submission with our soil conservation neighbors next door at the Natural Resource C...
05/25/2020

This was an absolute favorite poster submission with our soil conservation neighbors next door at the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)! ❤🐝

This week's Nature Challenge is a writing prompt on lovely & yucky nature! Share your story or poem in the comments sect...
05/24/2020

This week's Nature Challenge is a writing prompt on lovely & yucky nature! Share your story or poem in the comments section.

Your creations will be highlighted at the end of June for the May 24-30, May 31-June 6, June 7-13, June 14-20, and June 21-27 Nature Challenges!

We ❤❤❤ the collage work of this submission for this year's conservatiom poster contest!
05/24/2020

We ❤❤❤ the collage work of this submission for this year's conservatiom poster contest!

MAY 28, 2020 (4:00 PM)The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the food industry in interesting ways: food supply chains have ...
05/23/2020
Tech on Tap: The Ripple Effect: Food in the time of COVID-19

MAY 28, 2020 (4:00 PM)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the food industry in interesting ways: food supply chains have been disrupted, the food service industry has had to adapt or redirect, and many are cooking at home more. As Virginia and the country begin to reopen, we consider how will this affect the landscape of our lives.

Speakers: Tech on Tap has invited faculty from the Virginia Tech department of Food Science and Technology for a round up of their insights into topics that are particularly salient these days.

Register on eventbrite to join this event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-on-tap-the-ripple-effect-food-in-the-time-of-covid-19-registration-104363774860

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the food industry in interesting ways. Hear from, and ask questions of, food science and tech experts.

Our conservation poster contest's theme "Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators" had amazing submissions this year! We w...
05/23/2020

Our conservation poster contest's theme "Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators" had amazing submissions this year! We will be sharing a poster once per day to showcase the student talent for art & nature within the District. We hope you enjoy these wonderful posters as much as we did! ❤🐝❤

ATTENTION: Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The USDA ...
05/22/2020

ATTENTION: Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Beginning May 26, USDA's Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. While offices are open by phone appointment only, FSA will be working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email and online tools to process applications.

There will be a webinar on MAY 25 at NOON. Join the Zoom meeting where a FSA presentation will be given and questions answered.

https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/93863932500

For more information on CFAP through the USDA website, click the link: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Happy Friday with potato puns 🥔❤Quick Tip: As the farmer's market season begins, some have opted for drive-by pick up to...
05/22/2020

Happy Friday with potato puns 🥔❤

Quick Tip: As the farmer's market season begins, some have opted for drive-by pick up to accommodate for covid 19. Stay safe this weekend!

https://riverfriends.org/event/fxbg-drive-thru-tree-giveaway/Trees strengthen our community by increasing property value...
05/22/2020
FXBG Drive-Thru Tree Giveaway | Friends of the Rappahannock

https://riverfriends.org/event/fxbg-drive-thru-tree-giveaway/

Trees strengthen our community by increasing property values, making public spaces more livable and improving our environment. Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is partnering with Tree Fredericksburg and Bartlett Tree Experts to host a drive-thru tree giveaway on Saturday June 6 at James Monroe High School.

Check out FOR's rules for giveaway and register your order today!

« All Events FXBG Drive-Thru Tree Giveaway June 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Free « Annual Meeting Think Like a Citizen Scientist: Girl Scout Program » Trees strengthen our community by increasing property values, making public spaces more livable and improving our environment. Friends of the Rappahann...

For Spring 2020, the Virginia Master Naturalists are adding a “High Five from Nature” series. Don’t we all need a little...
05/22/2020
High Five from Nature

For Spring 2020, the Virginia Master Naturalists are adding a “High Five from Nature” series. Don’t we all need a little encouragement from nature in our lives right now?

In each webinar, they will go over five species or concepts on a theme. These will be somewhat informal webinars of varying lengths, from 20 minutes to an hour. They’ll focus on Virginia species and on seasonal observations. The Master Naturalists will record them and provide links to the recordings on this page when they are available.

Check out these FREE webinars to give Nature a 'high-five'!

http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/high-five-from-nature.html

In addition to our normal monthly Continuing Education webinar series , for Spring 2020 we are adding a “High Five from Nature” series. Don’t we all need a little encouragement from nature...

Our friend Karen Snape from the Virginia Cooperative Extension will be leading tomorrow's "Fifteen Minutes in the Forest...
05/21/2020

Our friend Karen Snape from the Virginia Cooperative Extension will be leading tomorrow's "Fifteen Minutes in the Forest" webinar at Noon. If you're curious on how to identify common invasive species, this is your chance! Ms. Karen's webinar is free to attend with no registration required. Mark your calendars for May 22 at 12 PM and spread the word!

Join via Zoom: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/127950470

Or later on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1-yMjBflHoct6wzXX8sFUA

Throwback Thursday, anyone? Last September, Jan & Bob Massey of Cool Spring Farm invited over 30 local producers and edu...
05/21/2020

Throwback Thursday, anyone? Last September, Jan & Bob Massey of Cool Spring Farm invited over 30 local producers and educators to demonstrate their installed conservation practices. Tri-County/City staff hopped on the wagon to spend the sunny morning touring the farm and seeing these practices in action! In April, Jan Massey, who serves as the elected director for Spotsylvania County on the Tri-County/City Board, was selected to be Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) spotlight volunteer. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring Jan & Bob Massey's farm and can't wait to see everyone again in the near future!

The Grass Farmer's Lunch Hour -- Two more sessions left! May 21 & May 285/21: Forage and grazing management; 5/28: Build...
05/19/2020

The Grass Farmer's Lunch Hour -- Two more sessions left!
May 21 & May 28

5/21: Forage and grazing management;
5/28: Building a grazing system

05/19/2020

Have you heard this bird today? That's the Carolina Wren! You can identify its call when it "says" - Virginia-Virginia-Virginia. But if you're Sabrina, the cat (see comments section), you might hear Sabrina-Sabrina-Sabrina when listening for the Carolina Wren 🐦❤

05/19/2020
Message to Virginia Farmers

A message to Virginia Farmers.

Staff from across the state salute Virginia farmers and share how NRCS is still available to provide support while offices are closed to the public.

05/17/2020
Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks

We asked kids to send us their park-themed art for #KidstoParks Day and wow did we get some great submissions. Enjoy and come back at 1 p.m. to learn about natural dyes and tie dyeing.

Let your beekeeper friends know! It's the last week of the effort to crowd-source collecting data all across the contine...
05/14/2020

Let your beekeeper friends know! It's the last week of the effort to crowd-source collecting data all across the continent on parasitic mites (varroa) plaguing honeybee hives!

#MiteAThonMonday: There is only 1 week left in the Mite-A-Thon spring session, which will run until this Sunday, May 17th.

Your participation in the Mite-A-Thon is protecting honey bees! Hundreds of honey bee colonies were checked for mites across North America last week, improving honey bee health and raising awareness for colony Varroa mite infestations. Be a part of the Mite-A-Thon this week by participating in these three easy steps:

1) Share our hive monitoring resources with fellow beekeepers at https://www.pollinator.org/miteathon/miteathon-resources

2) Enter the Mite-A-Thon Giveaway at https://www.pollinator.org/miteathon/giveaway

3) Submit your mite-level data to MiteCheck at https://research.beeinformed.org/mitecheck/

Thank you to all the beekeepers who are participating in the Mite-A-Thon and checking their hives for mites. Together, let's continue to reach as many beekeepers as possible across North America and improve honey bee health!

#MiteAThon #bee #bees #honeybee #honeybees #honey #beehive #varroa #mites #conservation #beeconservation #beekeeper #beekeepers #beekeeping #beekeeperlife #beekeeperslife

Virginia State Parks
05/09/2020

Virginia State Parks

Next Saturday, May 16, rain or shine, join us for virtual National Parks to Kids Day. Special programming on Virginia State Parks from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. including a statewide virtual picnic at noon. http://ow.ly/G4w150zBzJb Look for more details this week. #ParkstoKids

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)
05/09/2020

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)

We enjoyed working alongside Lis and the UMW Sustainability club. Good luck on all of your future endeavors!
05/08/2020

We enjoyed working alongside Lis and the UMW Sustainability club. Good luck on all of your future endeavors!

A final thank you and goodbye goes out to this years Sustainability Coordinator, Lis Heras! Thank you for all you’ve done for sustainability at UMW and the community. Congratulations on your award and finishing up 4 years at UMW 🎉🎉 Lis is graduating with a BS in Biology with a Enviromental Sustainability minor. Congrats and good luck! We’ll miss you ♥️🌍

Thank you to all of our teachers this week! Tri-County/City continues to support our local educators by providing intera...
05/04/2020

Thank you to all of our teachers this week! Tri-County/City continues to support our local educators by providing interactive programs in their classrooms. We miss seeing the kiddies for all our cancelled field trips this Spring, but we also miss working alongside such fantastic teachers in King George, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, & Stafford ❤

Share the ❤, thank a teacher today!

#FredSchools
#kgschools
#StaffordCountySchools
Spotsylvania County Public Schools

#ThankATeacher

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