North Central Region

NACD's North Central Region representative is Beth Mason. Beth is based in Indiana and can be reached at

Executive Board Member: Ryan Britt, Clifton Hill, MO
Region Chair: Kris SwartzPerrysburg, OH
Region Vice Chair: Kurt Beckstrom, Milaca, MN
National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) 
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

Staff: Beth MasonIndianapolis, IN

North Central Region Partners – San Diego, CA, February 11, 2024


  • The 2025 North Central Region Partners’ Meeting will be held January 9 – 10 at the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, 120 SW Water St., Des Moines, IA 50309. Conservation partners from across the region are welcome! Stay tuned for program details and how to register. For questions, please contact Beth Mason at beth-mason[at]

Upcoming Events:

Region Specific Resources:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • 2024 UAC grants have been awarded
  • The application period for the 2025 UAC grants is now closed as of April 2.
  • For more information on the UAC grants, click here

Friend of NACD Grants

  • This district grant program is based off donations. 90% of the funding goes towards new and innovative district programs and projects. To donate to this program, click here.
  • Grant winners were announced at the 2023 NACD Annual Meeting.
  • The application period for 2025 grants will be open in the fall of 2024 – stay tuned.

Meeting Minutes:


NACD: Advocating for LCDs and Districts Nationally as One Voice (recording) – What is NACD and how do they support Wisconsin’s Land Conservation Departments and conservation districts nationwide? Join Beth Mason, North Central Region Representative, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), as she presents on the value and benefits of this nonprofit organization and how they advocate as the national voice for all Land Conservation Departments/conservation districts. Included in this presentation is a governmental affairs update. Presented as a webinar for the Wisconsin Land + Water Association on June 14, 2023.

NACD: Advocating for Districts Nationally as One Voice(recording) – Beth Mason, NACD North Central Region Representative presents on the value and benefits of the organization and how they advocate as the national voice for all conservation districts. Included in this presentation will be a legislative/government affairs update. Presented online at the Indiana Association of SWCD’s Lunch and Learn on April 12, 2023.

NACD Grant Opportunities for Districts (recording) – Beth Mason, NACD North Central Region Representative and Meg Leader, NACD Projects and Partnerships Coordinator, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Grant and Funding Opportunity Series, virtual; April 21, 2022.

State Certification Programs, 2022 North Central Region Board Meeting, Lewis Center, OH: January 10 – 11, 2022:

Ecosystem Services Marketplace – Tim Palmer, NACD Past President, 2022 North Central Region Board Meeting, Lewis Center, OH: January 10 – 11, 2022

In the Spotlight


On the Road with Your Region Rep:

  • 2024 AISWCD Annual Meeting, Springfield, IL: July 14 – 16
  • 2024 NACD Summer Meeting, Boston, MA: August 10 – 13
  • 2025 NACD North Central Region Partners’ Meeting, Des Moines, IA: January 9 – 10
  • 2025 NACD Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT: February 8 – 12

Check out our region photos on our Flickr page! Submit any region photos to beth-mason[at] for inclusion!

Please send any resources, announcements, pictures, questions or comments to Beth Mason, beth-mason[at]

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