Increasing Local Capacity in the West: Learnings from the Capacity Building Pilot


Webinar information

Encouraging landowners to implement sustainable forestry management has a unique set of challenges including those related to capacity limitations. This webinar will showcase the work of the American Forest Foundation in partnership with NRCS, piloting capacity building efforts in the west by focusing on increasing local capacity. In addition, attendees will hear from the Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation District and their efforts to increase forester capacity and engage more landowners.  

Is this webinar for you?

This webinar is intended for conservation district professionals, foresters, and natural resource professionals as well as anyone seeking to learn more about the role of conservation districts in forestry and innovative approaches to increasing local capacity.


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Webinar access 

The webinar is scheduled for live viewing on October 26, 2022 at 1 pm ET. The Zoom Webinar platform will be used for the presentation. Be sure to connect to the webinar using a device approved to access Zoom.

The webinar is accessible within the Contents tab (to the right of the Overview information).

This webinar will be archived for future viewing through October 26, 2023 at 11:55 pm ET unless notified otherwise. 

Webinar duration

This webinar is 1 hour.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Describe the AFF-NRCS capacity building pilot in the West.

2. Identify the players and partners associated with these capacity building efforts and within the western fire & forest landscape.

3. Discuss the role of conservation districts in forestry and fire work.


Successful completion of the webinar is measured by viewing the entire webinar and completing the evaluation.


Participant feedback is appreciated to help the working group and presenters continually improve webinars for future programming.


Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will earn 1.0 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on


Upon successful completion of this webinar and the evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the webinar and earning CFEs. CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).

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Once you are registered for the webinar, access this webinar within your MY DASHBOARD. Prior to the start time, the webinar will be listed under "Upcoming Live Events." Following the end of the webinar, the webinar will be accessible within the general listing of registered items of YOUR DASHBOARD.

Webinar Resources

Additional resources are available within the Resources tab and within the Contents tab.

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Vanessa McCracken

District Manager

Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation Districts

Vanessa grew up in Northeastern Colorado where her family has been involved in local agriculture for generations. She has a deep passion and appreciation for conservation, agriculture, and the people who dedicate their lives to feeding the world. Vanessa earned a BS in Soil and Crop Sciences from Colorado State University and an MS in Agronomy from Iowa State University. As the District Manager for the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation Districts, Vanessa manages a staff of five who implement agricultural and forest management conservation practices. Outside the office, Vanessa spends most of her time raising her three children with her husband of 21 years.

Natalie Omundson

Senior Manager - Western Conservation and Fire

American Forest Foundation (AFF)

Natalie Omundson is the Senior Manager of Western Conservation at the American Forest Foundation, where she oversees a portfolio of programs and partnerships focused on mitigating catastrophic fire risk on private forestland. A passionate conservation professional, Natalie is devoted to translating her educational background in economics and business into tangible environmental impact. Natalie has a decade of experience in the conservation sector, holding a variety of roles – from designing scalable program models to managing multi-lingual international brand campaigns. Natalie currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her partner.

Annica McGuirk (Moderator)

Northeast Region Representative

National Association of Conservation Districts


Increasing Local Capacity in the West: Learnings from the Capacity Building Pilot Webinar
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