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Local Leaders Participate in National Conservation Meeting in Reno

Brian Lovett, Laramie County Conservation District/Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Board; Astrid Martinez, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist; Shaun Sims, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts President; Jim Cochran, Laramie County Conservation District; Jennifer Hinkhouse, Campbell County Conservation District; Cathy Rosenthal, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Watershed Coordinator; Lindi Kirkbride, Laramie County Conservation District; and Bobbie Frank, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director attended the National Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting in Reno.

Cheyenne, WY—February 5, 2016—Representatives of the Wyoming Association of Conservation District represented the state’s 34 local conservation districts in the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting, January 31 – February 3 in Reno, Nevada. The NACD Annual Meeting brings together top conservation leaders from across the nation for educational sessions, workshops, networking and national awards recognizing leaders in conservation.

“This annual convention is an important venue for our issues from Wyoming and our fellow western states to be discussed and policy to be established, said Shaun Sims, President of the Wyoming Association.

“We worked with our counterparts from Kansas and several other states to see the successful passage of a policy resolution opposing the Waters of the US rule” said Brian Lovett, Wyoming’s National Board delegate.  “Having recognition across our organization of the challenges the WOTUS rule will present in implementing conservation and management practices is very important to us.”

Congressman Mark Amodei [R-NV 2nd District] kicked off Monday’s general session with a Nevada welcome address and change management consultant and motivational speaker Michael Tchong served as the session’s keynote speaker. Monday’s Leadership Luncheon featured remarks by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson.

Tuesday’s General Session included presentations from U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell and USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller on their work to build the legacy of natural resource conservation and the importance locally led conservation has had in those conservation efforts.  The sessions also featured a special video address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who mirrored the Chiefs’ emphasis on the importance of local leadership to get conservation on the ground and the value of creating and sustaining partnerships at the local, state, regional and national levels. The session concluded with a panel discussion that featured the National Conservation Planning Partnership Leadership Team.  The panel shared their vision for the future of conservation planning and the work already underway in an effort to reinvigorate conservation planning as the foundation for voluntary conservation delivery.

NACD is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.



Wyoming Assn. of Conservation Districts | 517 E. 19th Street | Cheyenne, WY 82001 | (307) 632-5716 phone | (307) 638-4099 fax

Mission: The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts provides leadership for the conservation of Wyoming's soil and water resources, promotes the control of soil erosion, promotes and protects the quality of Wyoming's waters, reduce siltation of stream channels and reservoirs, promote wise use of Wyoming's water, and all other natural resources, preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect the tax base and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of this state through a responsible conservation ethic.