Southeast Region

NACD's Southeast Region Representative is Candice Abinanti. Candice is based in North Carolina and can be reached at



Executive Board Member: Gary Blair (gary.blair1959[at], Starkville, Miss.
Region Chair: Franklin Williams (fowilliams[at], Wallace, N.C.
Region Vice Chair: Micky Smith (msmith[at], Emelle, Ala.

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southeast Regional Director: Hope Daley, Miss.
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

NACD Staff – Southeast Region Representative: Candice Abinanti (candice-abinanti[at], Charlotte, N.C.

Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame webpage


  • With the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, NACD has created a COVID-19 webpage to keep you informed. It contains resources and guidance for conservation districts and their associations.
  • Stewardship Week is right around the corner! Visit NACD’s Stewardship Week webpage to learn more and find resources to plan a successful virtual event. Due to COVID-19 concerns, NACD suggests holding virtual (e.g., webinars, press releases) instead of in-person events.
  • The Conservation Planning Boot Camp schedule for 2020 has been released. Interested? Apply early through your state/territory association. Spots fill up fast!
  • Congratulations to Barbara Bleiweis with the Mecklenburg SWCD in North Carolina and Mark Masters with the Lower Chattahoochee River SWCD in Georgia for being selected for the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI) inaugural cohort!

Upcoming Events:

Submit any questions, news or events to candice-abinanti[at] and check NACD’s calendar for more events, including state meetings

Where to Find Your Region Representative:

Federal Policy and Partner Updates:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

  • The next TA Grants round 1 (TA2018) and round 2 (TA2019) Quarterly Reports are due: April 20, 2020 for the reporting period of Jan. 1 – March. 31, 2020
  • Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with candice-abinanti[at]

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • Congratulations to the Southeast Region’s 2020 UAC grant recipients: Richland SWCD in South Carolina and Colonial SWCD in Virginia

Friends of NACD District Grants Program – Districts helping districts

Stories from the Southeast Region:

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Candice Abinanti, candice-abinanti[at]

For information on the Southeast Region meeting, click here.

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