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2018 ECD Poster Contest - 1/17/18
posted by: Canna Steele
Elk Conservation District invite you to participate in a national conservation poster contest sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts. We do realize classroom schedules are tight, but hope you will take time for your students to create a poster and possibly receive a prize.
If your class wishes to participate, please notify our office before April 1, 2018.  Posters need to be in the district office for judging by May 1, 2018.  If needed, someone will pick up your posters for judging. Winners will receive T-shirts.
Theme for 2018 is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”: Some ideas for poster include, but not limited to:
  • What is a watershed?
  • How does water flow in a watershed?
  • What lives in watersheds?
  • The importance of clean water
  • Watershed conservation
The judging will be based on the entry’s conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal. All posters created by kindergarten through twelfth graders at school or club or camp and entered in local competition will be considered. Grade categories are: K–1, 2–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12.
Poster size for all levels is half sheet, or 14” x 22”.
The 2018 Stewardship title “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home” must be on the front of your poster. (Don’t use any other title.)
Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, paper or other materials). Back of each poster MUST have student’s name, grade level, teacher’s name, and school.  A PDF entry form is attached for printing. Entries must be submitted to the district office no later than May 1, 2018 to be eligible.
For more information about the poster contest, please call our office at 304-765-2535, or visit the NACD website at:  www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster
2018 Poster Contest Rules
Theme: “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”
State Contest
The WV Association of Conservation District Poster Contest is modeled after the NACD Poster Contest. WVACD rules may vary slightly, so please review them carefully.
WVACD Eligibility
The WV Association of Conservation District Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students.
District winners in each category are eligible to complete in the state contest.
One poster from each district may be entered in each of the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
The state selects a poster for entering in each of the grade divisions and submits it to NACD. The state does not have to enter a poster for every grade level.
Each entry must have the entry form filled out, signed by guardian or parent and attached to the back of the poster. Failure to do this will result in disqualification.
WVACD Contest Theme
WV Association of Conservation District Poster Contest theme coincides with the NACD theme.
WVACD Contest Rules
Contest rules were created so as not to limit or revise the current rules of local and state conservation poster contests:
  • Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, paper or other materials).
  • Poster size for all levels must be 14" x 22" (half sheet)
  • The 2018 Stewardship title “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home” must be on your poster (Don't use any other title).
  • A completed entry form must be attached to the back of the poster.
  • Posters should be packaged so they remain flat when sent for judging.
  • Each entry must have been evaluated at each conservation district's most recent competition prior to the state evaluation.
  • All posters must be created by an individual student rather than a team of students.
  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, WVACD and NACD encourages each student to do as much of the work as possible by him/herself.
  • Posters must be judged at the district and state level to be eligible to compete in National level. Individual posters cannot be sent for national judging by individuals. They must follow their state's contest rules and deadlines.
  • Each entry must have the Entry form filled out and signed by guardian or parent to be judged.
WVACD Poster Evaluations
Poster Contest entries are reviewed by judges. The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Conservation message (50 percent)
  • Visual effectiveness (30 percent)
  • Originality (10 percent) and
  • Universal appeal (10 percent).
WVACD Prizes
The 1st place winner in each category will receive $50 and be recognized at the annual West Virginia Conservation Awards Conference in October.

2018 ECD Photo Contest - 1/16/18
posted by: Canna Steele

The Elk Conservation District announces their Annual Conservation Photo Contest for amateur photographers in Braxton, Clay, Nicholas and Webster Counties. The contest is part of the WV Association of Conservation District Supervisors Conservation Photo Contest and the National Association of Conservation Districts Conservation Photo Contest.

There are four main categories for photos:  Conservation Practices, Close-Up Conservation, Conservation in Action & Conservation across America.  All photos submitted must be taken in West Virginia.

Black & white prints, color prints, color slides and prints from digital photos are all acceptable and will be judged together.  Photos must be 8” x 10”.  Judges prefer that photos not be matted or framed. A completed entry form must accompany each photo.  Note that photos will not be returned.  Photographs will be judged on technical merit, composition and creativity.

ECD contest deadline is June 25, 2018.  The attached PDF contains the entry forms.  Please see all the information below for guidelines, examples, and standards.
The Elk CD serves Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, and Webster counties.

2018 Elk Conservation Photo Contest

A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. Good photographs can lend a helping hand to numerous projects: they strengthen publicity for a fundraiser, make a newsletter more appealing, and reveal the beauty of wetlands to elementary students.

To recognize individuals who use this tool effectively and creatively, the Elk CD is sponsoring its annual photo contest.


Photographs may be entered in the following categories:

1) Conservation Practices (examples)

  • Contour Buffer Strips
  • Contour Farming & Strip cropping
  • Cover Crop
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Crop Residue Management
  • Crop
  • Rotation
  • Diversion
  • Field Borders
  • Grade Stabilization Structures
  • Grass Waterways
  • Livestock Management
  • Manure Storage and

Runoff Control

  • Nutrient Management
  • Pasture Planting
  • Pest Management
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Rotational Grazing
  • Stream bank & Shoreline Stabilization
  • Terrace
  • Tree Planting
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat
  • Water & Sediment Control Basin
  • Well Abandonment
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Wildlife Food Plot
  • Windbreaks
  • Woodlot Management

2) Close-Up Conservation (examples)

  • Aquatic insects
  • Clean water
  • Crops and plants and water/rain
  • Dirty water/sediment
  • Farm implements
  • Hands/tools in soil, water, grains & on farm animals
  • Irrigation
  • Plants and soil/residue
  • Plants/flowers/crops
  • Prairie plants
  • Recycling
  • Water
  • drops/drips/splashes
  • Worms/roots/compost

3) Conservation in Action (examples)

  • Conservation Planning
  • District events (community meetings, field days, fairs, exhibits)
  • Farmers/landowners (conservation related events, etc.)
  • Interaction with landowners
  • Irrigation/crops and water/wildflowers and water
  • Office staff at work
  • Supervisors/Board (meetings, activities, interaction)
  • Technical staff at work
  • Wildlife, insects, livestock, aquatic life, etc.
  • Youth (school programs, speech, poster contests, Envirothon, on farm, conservation related events, etc.)

4) Ag/Conservation across America (examples)

  • Barns
  • Crops
  • Farm Practices
  • Farmers/landowners
  • Fence rows
  • Grazing
  • Implements and tools
  • Livestock
  • Pasture
  • Ponds
  • Ranching
  • Tree Farm
  • Youth


  1. The contest is open to amateur photographers (those who make less than 50 percent of their income from photography) who are residents of the United States or its territories. Each participant may enter up to, but no more than, five photographs. Photos will not be returned.
  2. Black and white prints, color prints, and prints from digital photos are all acceptable and will be judged together. Do not send photo reproductions from a printed publication.
  3. Photos submitted to the state contest must be an 8X10. Judges prefer that the photos not be matted.
  4. Images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary burning, dodging and cropping.
  5. A completed entry form must accompany each photograph submitted.  No more than five (5) photos may be submitted per participant.
  6. A 3x5 notecard containing the following information must be attached to the back of each photo. Please include:
    1. Photographer's name and phone number.
    2. Title of photograph. Please use same title as on entry form.
    3. Subject. Names and titles are needed for each person in the photo. (Take care to identify each person and spell names correctly.)
    4. Location.  If the photograph is of a district technician helping a farmer, identify the farm, county and state. If the photo shows a city park, mention the name of the park and the state.
    5. Description.  (I.e.: Is the child with the magnifying glass examining a crack in the sidewalk or a line of ants carrying food?)
    6. Date of photo.  Exact dates are not necessary, but at least give the year.
  7. Photos submitted must be taken in West Virginia.
  8. All entries become the property of Elk CD and Elk CD reserves the nonexclusive right to use all photographs in publications or for promotional purposes. Entrants should keep negatives or extra prints of their photographs.
  9. Judges will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the adult (18 years or older) and youth category. Winning photos will receive a prize and be displayed at the 2018 Elk CD Awards Banquet. The district winners’ photos will be sent to be judged in the WV Association of Conservation Districts photo contest.  In addition, the state winners will be sent to be judged in the National Association of Conservation District’s photo contest.
  10. All entries must be postmarked by June 25, 2018. Placing a piece of cardboard in the envelope and writing “Photographs: Do Not Bend” on the envelope will help ensure that photographs arrive in good condition.


Photos will be judged on technical merit and composition.
For technical merit, judges may check to see if the photo is well framed, properly exposed and sharp and clear.
For composition, judges will determine if the photo features a recognizable center of interest, action, imagination and creativity.

2018 ECD Plant and Tree Sale - 1/16/18
posted by: Canna Steele


The Elk Conservation District is conducting their annual plant and tree sale of the following items as a service to the residents of Braxton, Clay, Nicholas and Webster counties:  Shizuka and Granny Smith Apple trees; Stanley and Methley Plum trees; Redhaven Peach trees; Potomac Pear trees; Arapaho Blackberry plants, Heritage(Red) and Jewell(Black) Raspberry plants, Jewel Strawberry plants, and Blue Ray and Jersey Blueberry plants.  Seedlings available are: Allegheny Chinquapin, Chinese chestnut, Redbud, White Pine, Scotch pine and Norway spruce.

Quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.  Please see attached PDF for the order form.  Order deadline is March 16, 2018 and pick up will be Wednesday & Thursday, April 4 & 5, 2018 at the locations designated on the order forms.  There will be a pick up location in each county.



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