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: Steve StierwaltSadorus, Ill.
Region Chair: Kris SwartzPerrysburg, Ohio
Region Vice Chair: Kurt Beckstrom, Milaca, Minn.
National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) 
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

Staff: Beth MasonIndianapolis, Ind.


  • Application period opens July 2021 for the 2022 cohort of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI). The goal of the NGLI is to equip conservation district leaders with the tools to become state and national leaders through personal, civic and organizational leadership development. Currently-appointed conservation district officials are eligible to apply, as well as district officials with current or potential for a statewide leadership position. For more information on NGLI, please visit
  • Boot Camp for 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19

Upcoming Events:

  • 2021 NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour, Chicago, Illi.: July 24 – 27
  • 2021 NACD State Association Executive Directors’ Conference, Asheville, NC: September 27 – 30 (details to come)
  • 2022 NACD North Central Region Winter Board Meeting, Ohio (dates and specific location TBD)
  • 2022 NACD Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla.: February 12 – 16

Region Specific Resources:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

  • 2021 NACD TA Grants: NACD is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that will increase the technical assistance capacity of conservation districts. There is a total of $1.9 million in technical assistance (TA) grant funding available. Applications from state and territory partnership leaders will be due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 6, 2021.
  • Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with beth-mason[at]

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

Federal Policy and Partner Updates:

Meeting Minutes:

Where to Find Your Region Rep:

(Due to Covid-19, all NACD travel has been suspended)

Please send any resources, announcements, questions or comments to

Beth Mason, beth-mason[at]

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