2020 Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions

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Monday, February 10 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Natural Resources Policy & Protection
Disaster Response and Resilience


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Does your district know how to best prepare for, and respond to, disasters? In this session, two districts will provide information on the tools and resources they use to prepare their offices for any disaster they might face. The Sublette County Conservation District will share how its collaborative effort with different private, state and federal partners has helped improve their response and resilience to wildfires in their region. The Okanogan Conservation District will share the resources they use to prepare themselves for the operational disruptions caused by different disasters. Presenters: Michael Henn, District Manager – Sublette County Conservation District, Wyo.; Craig Nelson, District Manager – Okanogan Conservation District, Wash.
District Operations and Partnerships
NACD TA and Boot Camp


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NACD has several grants available to help strengthen and grow your district. In this session, districts that have participated in NACD’s Technical Assistance Grants Program and NRCS’ Conservation Planning Boot Camp will talk about their experiences and the impact these programs have had on their districts. Presenters:  TBD
Stewardship & Outreach
Innovative Conservation District Outreach Approaches


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Conservation districts face the challenge of expanding their audience and sharing new information. In this session, Vermillion SWCD will share their peer facilitation model that will help districts reach new audiences. Attendees will also learn how the Michigan Department of Rural and Urban Development is utilizing conservation districts to share information about the new FDA Produce Safety Rule. Presenters: Eric Shideler, Director – Vermillion County SWCD, Ind.; Deb Barnett, Director – Parke County SWCD, Ind.; Kristin Esch
Monday, February 10 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natural Resources Policy & Protection
Environmental Impacts of Rural Roads


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For the past 20 years, Pennsylvania’s Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program has been funding environmentally-focused rural road improvement projects aimed at improving water quality. In this session, program representatives will discuss the program’s purpose and background, as well as provide completed project examples. Presenters: Roy Richardson, Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads
Program Coordinator – Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission; Sandy Thompson, Manager – McKean County Conservation District, Pa.
District Operations & Partnerships
Conservation Through Catastrophe: Puerto Rico’s Districts After Hurricane Maria


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Despite the many challenges Puerto Rico has faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, its conservation districts have sustained, and even grown, their conservation efforts. In this session, districts will learn from Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery experiences to help better prepare for potential disasters. Presenters:  Joel Vega – Puerto Rico NACD Board Member; Hector Ivan Aponte Santiago, President – Caribe Soil and Water Conservation District, Puerto Rico; Grisela Morena – West Soil and Water Conservation District, Puerto Rico
Stewardship & Outreach
Building Partnerships with Native American Tribes


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In this session, attendees will learn how conservation districts partner with tribes to put conservation programs on the ground. Hear how tribal organizations are working with NACD’s Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group (RPG) to implement practices and programs that meet the needs of Indian agriculture. Tribal members will also share how they’ve established their own tribal conservation districts. Presenters: TBD
Tuesday, February 11 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Natural Resources Policy & Protection
Pathways to Water Quality


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Partnerships are important in addressing water quality issues and implementing projects to address them. In this session, attendees will hear from different districts about how they have partnered with others to solve water quality issues in their area. Presenters: Lisa Ogden, District Manager – Natrona County Conservation District, Wyo.; Chris Brown, Soil Conservationist – Cecil Soil Conservation District, Md.; Lynn Pilewski, Education Program Coordinator – Greenville Soil and Water Conservation District, S.C.
District Operations & Partnerships
Partnering for Conservation Delivery Programs


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Partnerships with traditional and non-traditional organizations are crucial to design, develop, and implement conservation programs. Hear how the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts partnered with the North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation to develop a vision for the future of conservation delivery in the state. Learn how the Pollinator Plots and Volunteer Citizen Scientist Program in Oklahoma combined the efforts of many organizations to engage urban and suburban communities in ecosystem health.
Presenters: Bryan Evans, Executive Director – North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Michelle Lovejoy, Executive Director – North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation; Sarah Blaney, Executive Director – Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts; Amy Seiger; Kevin Mink
Stewardship & Outreach
Partnering to Teach the Next Generation


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There are many resources available for districts to expand their outreach to youth. In this session, Campbell CD will teach attendees how to utilize different curriculum to enhance conservation education programs. Calcasieu SWCD will share how Ag in the Classroom can assist in delivering the conservation stewardship message. Preble SWCD will share the secrets to their successful Conservation Day Camp, a program for elementary-aged students to learn about conservation. Presenters: Crystal Kellebrew, Education Coordinator – Campbell County Conservation District, Wyo.; Amanda Hulet, Education Coordinator – Clear Creek Conservation District, Wyo.; BJ Price, Administrator/Technician – Preble SWCD, Ohio; Rose Sharbeno, District Secretary – Calcasieu SWCD, La.; Carlyn Morales, Conservation Coordinator – Upper Delta SWCD, La., Chair – Pointe Coupee Ag in the Classroom, La.
Tuesday, February 11 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natural Resources Policy & Protection
Conservation Legislation: the New Mexico Health Soil Act


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On April 2, 2019, the Healthy Soil Act was signed into law in New Mexico after unanimous passage in a generally divided state. Conservation districts are crucial in implementing the law’s provisions to advance soil stewardship in the state. Through learning about the New Mexico Healthy Soil Initiative, attendees will learn how to implement soil health strategies in their state. Presenter: Isabelle Jenniches and Jeff Goebel – New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group
District Operations & Partnerships
North Dakota’s Collaborative Success Stories


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In this session, attendees will learn about two successful projects in North Dakota and how partnerships were crucial in their success. Learn how the District Activity Report Tool (DART), developed in coordination with the North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association and the State Soil Conservation Committee, tells the story of what districts do across the state. Attendees will hear about the Supervisor Leadership Academy Program, developed via a partnership between NDSU Extension and the North Dakota Health Department, and how it can be replicated by other conservation districts. Presenters: Sarah Tunge, District Manager – Mercer County SCD, N.D., Director – North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association; Bruce Schmidt, Program Coordinator – NDSU Watershed & Soil Conservation Leadership Program
Stewardship & Outreach
Tools for Success


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There are a number of emerging programs aimed at helping conservation districts provide technical assistance to farmers. This presentation will provide an overview of these programs and discuss how districts across the country can utilize them to increase farmland stewardship. Presenters: Erin Bush, Resource Conservationist – Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ill.; Bruce Henrikson, S.T.A.R. Program Coordinator – Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ill.; Carol Hays, President – Strategic Collaboration Group; Steve Stierwalt, President – Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts

 

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