Southeast Region

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


Executive Board Member: Franklin Williams, N.C.
Region Chair: Steven Meeks, Va.
Region Vice Chair: Kenny Mullis, S.C.

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southeast Regional Director: Hope Daley, Miss.

Southeast Conservation District Employees Association President: Kayleigh Evans, Ky.

National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

NACD Staff – Southeast Region Representative: Candice Abinanti, N.C.

Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame webpage


  • The 66th annual Stewardship Week will be celebrated April 25 – May 2, 2021. This year’s theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.” Find outreach resources and learn more here.
  • Do you plan to attend NACD’s 2021 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour planned for July 24-27 in Chicago, Ill.? Let us know your interest with this quick survey.
  • Save the date for the 2021 Southeast Region Meeting: Aug. 8-11, 2021 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. Stay tuned to this page for registration and reservation information coming later this spring.
  • 2021 marks NACD’s 75th anniversary. Share your conservation district’s success story in our special 75th Anniversary newsletter.

Upcoming Events:

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

Upcoming Deadlines:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with candice-abinanti[at]


  • The Request for Proposals from new TA2021 applicants is expected to be announced in April.
  • For a map of all TA grantees across the region and country, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Quarterly Reports

  • The next Quarterly Reports are due: April 20, 2021 for the reporting period of Jan. 1 – March. 31, 2021

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • Congratulations to the Duval SWCD in Florida, Jefferson County SWCD in Kentucky and the Northern Virginia SWCD in Virginia for being selected as 2021 UAC Grant Initiative awardees.

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]


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