The NACD Northeast Region held an informative meeting in Newport, R.I. last month. The meeting, focusing on the theme, "Little Rhody – Big Conservation," was kicked off with a tour by the district employee association to see three farms participating in the NRCS Farmland and Protection program in Jamestown, R.I. The more than 135 attendees had the opportunity to hear Dr. Wayne Honeycutt encourage partnering to enhance soil health, and Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Rhode Island, Peter August give an update on climate change. The keynote speaker, NRCS Chief Jason Weller, provided an overview of current and upcoming conservation programs.
NACD was well represented at the meeting. NACD Education and Stewardship Specialist Susan Schultz, presented a session on Conservation Education from around the country and territories. NACD Northeast Field Representative Peter Bachmann assisted with the conference, along with hosts NACD Secretary/Treasurer Dick Went and his wife, Deb, of R.I. NACD President Earl Garber gave the opening remarks, providing an update on NACD's comments on EPA's Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule, 2015 Appropriations, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and the Concurrent Resolution on conservation. President-elect Lee McDaniel, a member of Northeast region from the state of Maryland, also participated throughout the conference
The conference attendees also had the opportunity to select a tour on the last day, choosing to learn about aquaculture, forestry, oyster hatcheries or vineyard/winery operations throughout the various regions of Rhode Island.