Partners and Affiliates

Putting conservation on the ground is a substantial undertaking that would be impossible without a strong network of partners, collaborators and sponsors. Conservation districts work with partners as a regular part of everyday business at the local, state and national levels. Their key partners in the planning and application of conservation measures are their customers—land owners, operators and other resource decision makers.

NACD’s key partners and affiliates represent a diversity of groups and individuals who have an unparalleled passion for conservation and an expertise in addressing natural resource concerns. They include:

The National Association of Conservation Districts works closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) and the National Association of RC&D Councils (NARC&Ds) to provide national conservation leadership and help realize the common vision: “A productive nation in harmony with a quality environment.”

The National Conservation Planning Partnership is committed to:

  • Fostering state and local partnerships among the partners’ respective members;
  • Listening and responding to customers’ local resource conservation needs;
  • Advocating a holistic, ecosystem-wide approach to conservation;
  • Maintaining and enhancing grassroots conservation delivery systems;
  • Building alliances with a wide variety of agencies and organizations; and
  • Fostering economically viable environmental policies.

To learn more about NCPP, click here to read through the 2017 resource guide, pictured at right. To download the publication, click here.

The mission of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) is to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally-led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders.

The foundation does this by providing conservation districts and other conservation organizations funding for research, educational programs, and public outreach. In fulfilling its mission, NCF has two programs that work to develop the next generation of conservation leaders: the NCF-Envirothon competition, a high school environmental and natural resources program and competition, and the Next Generation Leadership Institute, a new program to cultivate the next generation of locally-led conservation leaders.

To learn more about NCF, click here.

The Presidents Association is comprised of current and former NACD, state and territory association presidents. For information about the Presidents Association, contact NACD Director of Projects and Partnerships Rich Duesterhaus. Click here to view a brochure highlighting the work of the Presidents Association and click here to indicate your interest areas as a member.

Barbara Perlman-Whyman
President (Nev.)

Bill Wilson
Vice President (Okla.)

Dr. Irvil Kear
Secretary-Treasurer (Pa.)

Pat Sueck
Past President (Pa.)

Kenny Salazar
Southwest Region (N.M.)

Dr. Ernest Girouard
South Central Region (La.)

Dr. Carol Knight
Southeast Region (Ala.)

Steve Hedstrom
Northern Plains Region (Mont.)

Sam Casella
Northeast Region (N.Y.)

Steve Stierwalt
North Central Region (Ill.)

Wade Troutman
Pacific Region (Wash.)

Steven Meeks
Historian (Va.)

Rudy Rice
Historian (Ill.)

The NACD Auxiliary supports NACD by promoting the association’s education and stewardship programs, playing a significant role in organizing the annual meeting, and conducting outreach on NACD’s behalf.

In particular, the NACD Auxiliary sponsors the prize money for the National Poster Contest and Photo Contest each year and works to establish and strengthen the auxiliaries of state conservation district associations. To learn more about the NACD Auxiliary and how to get involved, contact NACD Stewardship and Education Coordinator Diana Blackwood.

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) is a national, public-private partnership that envisions agriculture using environmentally beneficial and economically viable natural resource systems.

Visit the CTIC website for more information.

Since 2014, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) has been the organization responsible for the planning and execution of Envirothon – North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.

For more information about Envirothon click here or visit the official Envirothon website.

The National Outstanding Young Farmer Program is America’s oldest farmer recognition initiative.

Conservation districts can partner with NOYF by nominating outstanding young conservation farmers for the honor. A quarter of NOYF’s recognition criteria for honorees is conservation-based, making districts the natural choice for heading up nominations.

This one-pager describes the nomination and judging criteria and explains NOYF awards.

Click here to print out the two-page nomination form.

For more information, visit the National Watershed Coalition website.

For more information, visit the Crop Science Society of America website.

For more information, visit the American Society of Agronomy website.

For more information, visit the Soil Science Society of America website.

For more information, visit the International Certified Crop Advisers website.

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