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Committee Structure

NACD’s Foundation Committees direct association activity in priority areas and are comprised of approximately ten NACD board members, with each state and territory serving on one committee. Committee chairs and members serve two-year terms in conjunction with the current NACD president.

District Operations and Member Services Committee

The District Operations and Member Services Committee works to improve the connectivity between the local districts, state associations and national organization by providing resources that assist in the daily operations of a conservation district. The committee also works closely with partnering agencies to build upon the existing services NACD provides to individual, district and state association members.

  • Chair: Kim LaFleur, NACD Second Vice President, Massachusetts
  • Vice Chair: Franklin Williams, North Carolina
  • Staff Advisor: Kimberly Uldricks
  • Member States: Alaska, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for providing guidance, input, direction and assistance to accomplish NACD goals. Members of the committee work with NACD staff to strengthen both internal and external communications.

  • Chair: Bill Thomas, Texas
  • Vice Chair: Gary Blair, Mississippi
  • Staff Advisor: Sara Kangas
  • Member StatesAmerican Samoa, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, West Virginia

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for guiding and coordinating the development and implementation of legislative strategies in support of Board of Directors approved policy and program objectives.

  • Chair: Michael Crowder, NACD First Vice President, Washington
  • Vice Chair: Alex Schmidt, Iowa
  • Staff Advisor: Coleman Garrison
  • Member States: Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming

Stewardship and Education Committee

The Stewardship and Education Committee is responsible for assisting in the promotion of conservation education through the Stewardship Week program materials and other education outreach materials. Members participate in the process and review of materials.

  • Chair: Bevin Law, Kansas
  • Vice Chair: Tom Wehri, California
  • Staff Advisor: Laura Demmel
  • Member States: Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Palau, Tennessee, Virgin Islands

Natural Resources Policy Committee

The Natural Resources Policy Committee is responsible for coordinating activities and formulating policy recommendations in all areas, which include but are not limited to agricultural lands, water resources, forestry, urban, wildlife habitat and grazing lands.

  • Chair: Jim Berlier, New Mexico
  • Vice Chair: Linda Brownson, New Hampshire
  • Staff Advisor: Adam Pugh
  • Member States: Arizona, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington

Resource Policy Groups

Each committee may establish subcommittees and task forces to assist with special projects or issues. The Natural Resources Policy Committee may also set up Resource Policy Groups (RPGs) to tackle special interest issues. The membership of subcommittees, task forces and RPGs are determined by the appropriate committee chair.

Existing RPGs under the Natural Resources Policy Committee include:

  • Urban and Community
  • Forestry
  • Tribal Outreach and Partnership
  • Public Lands
  • Coastal
  • Invasive Species

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