2018 Summer Meeting Concurrent Sessions

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Monday, August 6

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Water Words that Work: Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners
Speaker: Erik Eckl, Water Words that Work
Piedmont BC
Learn tricks of the trade that have proven beneficial to getting voluntary conservation projects on the ground. Explore the demographics of rural landowners and their perspectives on voluntary conservation programs. Spot the telltale signs that a landowner might be receptive to your offer. Hear how “ag whisperers” cultivate their personal reputation among landowners and help them reach a decision to pursue conservation measures and more. This session will continue throughout the day, building on the curriculum.
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Efforts from NOAA
Moderator: Elaine Tholen, Northern Virginia SWCD Director
Speaker: Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Manager of Environmental Literacy and Partnerships
Tidewater ABCD
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) are multi-stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase the environmental literacy of all participants. Hear from the NOAA staff and reps from across the nation where MWEE programs are funded. Leave with solid examples of how to further MWEE work in your own district.
Virginia Urban Agriculture NACD Grant Recipients Showcase
Speakers: New River SWCD, Colonial SWCD, Lord Fairfax SWCD and Henricopolis SWCD
Alleghany AB
Learn about the innovative projects underway in Virginia thanks to the NACD Urban Agriculture Grant Initiative. Colonial SWCD and Lord Fairfax SWCD are creating an interactive youth gardening experience. Henricopolis SWCD has created a farm-to-school project in the greater metropolitan Richmond region, and New River SWCD is training residents and students through demonstrations to develop family-sized urban agriculture plots.
Forestry: Generation Next
Speaker: Virginia Department of Forestry
Colony ABC
Hear about the work of the Virginia Department of Forestry and how they’re helping landowners prepare for Generation Next. Forests and farmland are valued for multiple reasons, such as wildlife, privacy, recreation, timber, hunting and scenic qualities. Are you prepared to pass the environmental and heirloom values rooted in your forest to the next generation?
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Water Words that Work: Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners
Speaker: Erik Eckl, Water Words that Work
Piedmont BC
Learn tricks of the trade that have proven beneficial to getting voluntary conservation projects on the ground. This session builds on the curriculum presented in the morning session. It is recommended to attend more than one session.
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program: Urban Cost Share
Speaker: Kevin McLean, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts VCAP Coordinator
Tidewater ABCD
The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn how this pilot program has grown to be the latest in demand effort of the VASWCD and districts.
Soil Health Session
Speakers: Virginia NRCS Cropland Agronomist Chris Lawrence and Forage and Grassland Agronomist J.B. Daniel
Alleghany AB
A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil, and we’re working hand in hand with these producers to help ensure their success. Learn more about soil health efforts and how soil health can change the land and people’s attitudes.
Envirothon: Virginia Dominion Envirothon and NCF Updates
Colony ABC
Learn about the unique partnership between the VASWCD and Dominion Energy in support of Virginia’s Dominion Energy Envirothon program. Review Virginia Envirothon resources that can be used in your own local district. Hear program updates and more regarding the upcoming 2019 Envirothon to be held in the Southeast Region at North Carolina State University.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Water Words that Work: Closing the Deal with Rural Landowners
Speaker: Erik Eckl, Water Words that Work
Piedmont BC
Learn tricks of the trade that have proven beneficial to getting voluntary conservation projects on the ground. This session builds on the curriculum presented in the morning session. It is recommended to attend more than one session.
Coastal Topics: Oyster RCPP and Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Tidewater ABCD
Until the 1980s, oysters supported the most valuable fishery in the Chesapeake Bay. Today, as a result of decades of pollution, overharvesting and disease, the Bay’s native oyster population has been estimated at as low as one percent of historic levels. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster restoration programs offer citizens the tools and information needed to help restore native oysters. And through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) is partnering with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to offer funding to help oyster growers improve water quality and increase oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET)
Alleghany AB
The Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) is a new service that strengthens and modernizes conservation planning and helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners better identify their conservation goals and improve their outcomes. This tool enhances the conservation planning process integrating many of NRCS’ planning tools into one package. Learn about RSET development and integration into the Conservation Desktop Streamlining Initiative (CDSI).
Tribal Partnerships
Moderator: NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group (TOP RPG) Staff Advisor Dave Vogel
Speakers: Jerry Pardilla, United South and Eastern Tribes (USET); Southeast Region Representatives Chip Jones, Va., Jerry Smith, Miss., Bill Yarborough, N.C., Patty Lambrecht, Ala.
Colony ABC
Learn about United South and Eastern Tribes advocacy and support for tribes, opportunities for collaboration and partnership activities in the Southeast region.

 

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