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The 45th annual Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) at Virginia Tech is back this year. Camp will be held in-person Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 15, 2023. 

Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor two campers to attend this year's Youth Conservation Camp. Please contact Jennifer Huffman for information about applications and deadlines. Jennifer must receive applications by April 7, 2023 for sponsorship. 

Applicants must be in grades 9-12 during the 2022-2023 academic year. Students must live or attend school in Rockbridge County, City of Lexington or City of Buena Vista to be sponsored by Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District. 

Please visit the following website for more information. 


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VASWCD 2023 Scholarship Opportunity
~For Virginia Resident High School Seniors & College Freshman~
For information about the VASWCD 2023 Scholarship qualifications, requirements and application, please call the NBSWCD at (540) 319-6453 or click the link below. All eligible applicants residing in or attending school in the County of Rockbridge, City of Lexington, or City of Buena Vista must submit their application and required supporting documentation to Jennifer Huffman at the Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District by:
April 1, 2023

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Congratulations to Loughran McCabe, Virginia SWCD 2022 photo contest honorable mentions winner! 

Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program News

During program year 2022, the Natural Bridge SWCD completed 40 Best Management Practices. A total of $674,405.58 was paid to producers for these BMPs and $10,379 was issued in Tax Credits. Within these totals:

7 Stream Bank Exclusion projects protected 3.4 miles of stream bank and were paid $450,128.

2 Continuing Conservation Initiative (CCI) sign-ups ensured continued protection of an additional 1,823' of stream bank. 

29 Cover Crop BMPs involving 1,799 acres were completed and paid $66,757.

In addition, $988,956.64 has been obligated to approved practices and will be carried over into cost-share program year 2023.

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