Spring Fly-In

Every spring, NACD invites its members to join our staff in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill. The upcoming NACD Fly-In will be held March 20, 2018.

As in previous years, NACD will host a legislative breakfast the morning of the 20th where NACD staff can prepare Fly-In participants for meetings and a reception that evening to celebrate the work we’ve done. NACD leaves the actual scheduling of meetings to each state, although we are happy to assist if needed. NACD also does not reserve a hotel block for participants,but there are several hotels within walking distance that may work for your needs (Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington Court Hotel, Liaison Hotel, Hyatt Regency). Hotels in Arlington, Va., in the Crystal City neighborhood may be more reasonably priced and will be near Reagan Airport while still metro accessible to Capitol Hill.

We will update this page with more details regarding the exact locations for the breakfast and reception along with issue papers as they become available. If you have any questions about the Fly-In or NACD’s advocacy efforts, contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison.

Unable to attend? It’s still important for your senators and representatives to hear from you — visit our Grassroots Advocacy page and make your voice heard today!

Issue Papers


The issue papers below reflect NACD’s board-adopted positions on key conservation policy priorities for this and previous Fiscal Years (FY). Participants in NACD’s Fly-In are encouraged to use these documents in their meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff.

Appropriations Issue Paper |PDF|

Natural Resource Health and Management Issue Paper |PDF|

NRCS Hiring Freeze Issue Paper |PDF|

Additional issue papers are forthcoming and will be uploaded here.

Farm Bill Principles |PDF|

Appropriations Issue Paper |PDF|

Natural Resource Management Issue Paper |PDF|

Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act – SAM/DUNS Exemption Legislation Issue Paper |PDF|

Appropriations Issue Paper |PDF|

Regulatory Issue Paper |PDF|

Forestry Issue Paper |PDF|

General Talking Points |PDF|

Overview of Conservation Districts |PDF|

Conservation Operations Issue Paper |PDF|

Farm Bill Conservation Programs Issue Paper |PDF|

EQIP: Importance and Funding Issue Paper |PDF|

RCPP Issue Paper |PDF|

Forestry Issue Paper |PDF|

Urban Forestry |PDF|

Water Issue Paper |PDF|

Longleaf Pine Issue Paper |PDF|

Land Conservation Issue Paper |PDF|

Cover Crop Statement |PDF|

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