|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2022
2022 Friends of NACD District
Grant Program Recipients Announced
ORLANDO – Today, National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the 2022 recipients of the Friends of NACD District Grants Program during NACD’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
The Friends of NACD Program was established in 2009 as an initiative of the NACD District Operations and Member Services (DOMS) Committee to support the nation’s nearly 3,000 conservation districts through cash donations to NACD. Now in its third round of funding, the Friends of NACD District Grants Program enables a portion of funds raised through individual donations in support of locally led conservation to be awarded to eight conservation district projects of up to $2,500 each.
“NACD is thrilled to continue to support important locally led conservation projects from every corner of the country through this grant program,” said the DOMS Committee Chairman Franklin Williams. “This effort would not be possible without the many generous donations made to NACD. In a year that brought hurdles and uncertainties to many of us in all shapes and sizes, this program was able to double the number of grants awarded as a direct result of the contributions received for this vital mission. NACD will continue to support its members while expanding reach and assistance to conservation districts throughout the country.”
The eight Friends of NACD District Grant Program recipients and their intended conservation projects include:
- Princeton, IL – Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- In partnership with schools, youth programs, gardening groups, and food advocates, the SWCD will install and maintain a food forest to expand perennial cropping systems and enhance local food resources to their community.
- Charlestown, IN – Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- In cooperation with the Clarksville Parks and Recreation and the Floyd County Native Habitat Restoration Team, the SWCD will establish an educational outreach program to increase invasive species awareness within Clark and Floyd counties and promote the benefits of native species.
- Jonesville, LA – Catahoula Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- The SWCD will have a tree sale in their urban community to encourage and teach about the importance of conservation and value of trees by planting trees.
- Belfast, ME – Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- The SWCD will create resources for a new conservation landscape certification, including an online print resource guide that assists landowners with each step required in the certification, and a smartphone app people can use to complete a certification checklist; done in partnership with the Knox-Lincoln SWCD.
- Belen, NM – Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- The SWCD will lead an experiential, agriculture-focused summer camp for local youth, promoting regenerative agriculture and food security while capturing the lessons of community partners to be shared during the camp and in other widespread community outreach efforts.
- Howard, SD – Miner Conservation District (CD)
- The CD will plant needed trees in their community in partnership with the Howard High School football team, 5th and 6th grade class, Miner County 4-H clubs, various community organizations, and members of Miner County.
- Lockhart, TX – Caldwell-Travis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- In partnership with the Hays and Seguin SWCDs and more than a dozen government and non-governmental organization partners, the SWCD will host a series of workshops to create a dialogue on land preservation, farm succession planning, principles of soil health, economics of regenerative agriculture, ecosystem service market development, and conservation easement strategies with producers and landowners in the Plum Creek Watershed.
- Bay City, TX – Matagorda County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
- The SWCD will purchase a pig trap system to mitigate feral pig damage within Matagorda County, collect data on feral pig numbers, and educate youth and adults about feral pigs.
About the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 75 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit www.nacdnet.org.