May 22, 2012
NACD Partners with Land and Wildlife Expo
The Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo is preparing for its second annual event:
August 9-11 in Nashville, Tenn. NACD will be one of the Expo’s conservation partners,
which also includes USDA NRCS, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality
Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Safari Club International
The Land and Wildlife Expo is a multi-faceted event, helping landowners learn how to get
the most from their hunting experience through habitat development and wildlife management.
Attendees can register for seminars on wildlife management, advanced hunting strategies,
habitat management, and land ownership and assistance programs.
Attendees who register for seminars will also gain access to the Expo. The Expo features
indoor exhibits showcasing various companies, products and organizations, as well as an
outdoor demonstration area on 105 acres, offering hands-on experiences with outdoor
equipment, recreational activities, and land management techniques.
NACD is proud to be a part of this outreach effort to landowners and land managers,
connecting them with their local conservation districts. For more information and to register
for the event, click here.
NACD Board Member Testifies at House Farm Bill Hearing
NACD Board Member Charles Holmes of Alabama testified at last week’s House
Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry hearing, titled, “Formulation of the
2012 Farm Bill: Energy and Forestry Programs.”
A cow-calf and tree farmer, Holmes has served as Chairman of NACD’s Forest Resource
Policy Group since 1999. He has played a key advisory role in recent years on longleaf
pine restoration efforts in the South.
“The importance of conservation cannot be stated enough,” Holmes said. “Conservation
is a common sense, long-term solution with a high return on investment.”
To read Holmes’ full testimony, click here.
For more information, including full testimony by all of the witnesses, visit the Committee
Registration Now Open for the 2012 NACD Legislative Conference
This summer, join fellow conservation leaders for NACD’s 2012 Summer Board Meeting
and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will take place July 16-17
(with Board meetings beginning on July 14).
This year, we’re planning an especially exciting program! On Monday, attendees will have
the unique opportunity to visit the White House to participate in a tour and briefings. After
the White House, we’ll board buses and head to the Chesapeake Bay to get a firsthand
look at conservation successes and challenges in the region, followed by a scenic tour of
the historic city of Annapolis, Md.
On Tuesday, members will head to Capitol Hill to visit with their representatives and discuss
the latest conservation policy issues.
Due to White House security procedures, all attendees (including spouses and/or guests)
planning to participate in the White House tour and briefings must fill out a security clearance
form and return it to NACD no later than June 8. Failure to do so will prohibit entry to the
White House. For more information, see our registration page.
The Conference will be held at the Washington Court Hotel,
conveniently located within walking distance of Union Station, the U.S. Capitol Building
and the National Mall. For more information and to register, click here.
NACD Participates at Western Forestry Leadership Coalition Meeting
Last week, Mark Truax, NACD’s Western Issues Specialist, traveled to Salt Lake City, UT
to participate in the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition spring meeting.
The presentations included discussions on community forestry, agroforestry, wildfire
management and insect infestation. Wednesday afternoon, participants explored the Great
Salt Lake and got a first-hand look at conservation practices addressing invasive species,
The Coalition is a state and private partnership made up of the Council of Western State
Foresters, as well as leadership from western regions of the U.S. Forest Service. For more
information on the coalition, visit wflccenter.org.
Obama Administration to hire 20,000 Young People for Summer Work on Public Lands
The Department of the Interior (DOI)announced plans to hire more than 20,000 young
people for summer work on public lands. The work would include building trails, clearing
out hazardous fuels, or cleaning up rivers.
Since the program’s creation in 2009, DOI’s employment rate of youth has increased by 35
For more information on the program, click here.
College Competition for Stormwater Management Opens this Fall
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a design competition called
the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university
campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.
The competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches, and
train the next generation in green infrastructure principles and design. This would be a great
opportunity for conservation/natural resource districts that work with, or want to work with,
local colleges or universities.
Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green
infrastructure project for their campus.
Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens September 4, and entries must
be submitted by December 14. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in
April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500-2,500, as well as $8-11,000 in
funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.
For more information, click here.
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