Northern Plains Region

NACD’s Northern Plains Region representative is Sunni Heikes-Knapton. Sunni is based in Montana and can be reached at


Executive Board Member: Bevin Law (bevinlaw[at], Longford, Kan.
Region Chair: Orval Gigstad (orv.gigstad[at], Syracuse, Neb.
Region Vice Chair: Fran Fritz (fvfritz[at], Iroquois, S.D.
National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Northern Plains Region Representative: Sarah Tunge (northernplainsrep[at], Beulah, N.D.
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) Northern Plains Region Representative: Cindy Pulse (cindy.pulse[at], Manhattan, Kan.

Staff: Sunni Heikes-Knapton (sunni-heikes-knapton[at], Ennis, Mont.

Events and News:

Region Specific Resources:

Technical Assistance Grants:

  • Information about 2020 Technical Assistance grants will be announced soon.
  • To be featured as TA Grant success story, submit information to Mike Beacom, mike-beacom[at]
  • Technical Assistance Grant for 2018 and 2019:  Quarterly Reports due: April 20, 2020 for reporting period January 1, 2020-March 31, 2020. 

Urban and Community Conservation:

Federal Policy and Partner Updates:

Northern Plains Meeting Minutes:

Where to Find Your Region Rep:

  • Through March 27: All NACD Staff travel is restricted.
  • July 18-21: NACD Summer Meeting, Bismarck, N.D.

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Sunni Heikes-Knapton,


For information on the Northern Plains Region meeting, click here.

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