Southwest Region

NACD's Southwest Region representative is Rachel Theler. Rachel is based in Colorado and can be reached at


Executive Board Member: Josh Smith, Las Cruces, NM
Region Chair: Tina Thompson, Wilcox, AZ
NACD Staff, Southwest Region Representative: Rachel Theler, Buena Vista, CO

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southwest Region Representative: Tanya Fell, Wray, CO
National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) Region Director: Jim Bowcutt, Salt Lake, UT


Registration is Open for the SW/PAC Meeting!

  • Mark your calendars for this year’s SW/PAC Region Meeting! This year it’s the Pacific’s turn to host. The meeting will be September 11-13 in Anchorage, AK. Registration, breakout session proposals, and other information can be found here.

Southwest Region Outreach Training Series

Please tune in for the first of five of the Southwest Region Conservation District Outreach Training Series!

The first session, which will occur on May 7th at 10 AM MT, will cover turning technical assistance and best management practices into meaningful stories. This session will be recorded and posted to the SW Region website for those who can’t make it live.

We have partnered with KR Creative Strategies to bring this training to the region. They have designed a 5-part outreach series, all geared toward delivering the unique conservation district message. Each one-hour training will provide actionable tips specifically designed CD audience, keeping in mind various priorities and board/staff capacities across districts. Please register for the event here.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • April 1, 2024 – Deadline for UAC Grant Applications

Technical Assistance Grants:

Past Southwest Region Newsletters: 

Southwest Region Conservation District Sharing Sessions: 

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Rachel Theler, rachel-theler[at]

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