2018 Annual Meeting resources now available!

NACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Nashville last week was incredibly successful, with over 1,000 conservation leaders in attendance. Thank you to all our meeting attendees, exhibitors, speakers, donors and sponsors for their generous contributions to make this meeting possible.

If you’re looking for resources from our 2018 Annual Meeting, visit our 2018 Annual Meeting resource page. There you’ll find links to our press releases – including a template press release – as well as promotional videos and our Annual Meeting photo gallery. This page will continue to be updated with breakout session presentations and other materials as we receive them.

NACD’s photo galleries are hosted on Flickr, a website that allows you to view and download copies of the images at your preferred dimensions without a login. On our Flickr page, you’ll find albums for each of the major events at the 2018 Annual Meeting, as well as links to the 2017 NACD and NACD Auxiliary photo and poster contests’ winning submissions.

If you attended our 72nd Annual Meeting, please fill out this brief, 10-question meeting evaluation. Your feedback helps us ensure our 73rd Annual Meeting in San Antonio will be a success!

Guidance for Environmental Markets

Environmental markets have emerged as another opportunity for conservation districts to promote good conservation on the land. A new tool, “Handbook for Conservation Districts on Environmental Markets,” provides guidance and lessons learned from the real-world experiences of conservation districts across the country.

The handbook – a collaboration between NACD and American Farmland Trust – is a detailed look at how conservation districts and their partners are engaged in water quality trading and payments for ecosystem services programs. Included are key findings and recommendations, nine case studies from across the country, and a checklist for districts interested in water quality trading and other environmental markets.

The report and its key components can be reviewed on NACD’s website.

Mark your calendar: Urban and Community Conservation webinar next week

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. The topic is The George Barley Water Prize.

Scotts Miracle-Gro will share about its commitment to solving the problem of harmful algal blooms (HABs) that are driven by excess nutrients and affecting fresh waterbodies in all 50 U.S. states. The webinar will focus on Scotts’ sustainability commitments, partnerships with local groups around the country, and its sponsorship of the $10M George Barley Water Prize competition, a global race for a lasting solution to excess phosphorus in freshwater. Participants will have access to resources and case studies of how to address HABs in their districts and opportunities to ask questions of the presenters.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

Dorn Cox of Lee, New Hampshire

At the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting held in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 27 - 31, Soil Health Champion Dorn Cox of New Hampshire was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award.

Farming 250 acres with his wife and two sons, Dorn focuses on cutting edge technologies, techniques and research in his operation to improve his soil health as well as his production. Dorn has developed and shared systems for small-scale grain and oil seeds processing, biofuel production and no-till and low-till equipment and cover crop systems to increase carbon capture and soil health.

For his extraordinary achievements in and contributions to the soil and water conservation movement, Dorn was the inevitable choice for the first recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett in Excellence in Conservation Award. For more information on this award and its criteria, please be sure to visit the awards page on the NACD website, and consider your nomination for next year!

To read more about Dorn Cox and all his soil health outreach efforts, be sure to visit his profile at the NACD website along with many other Soil Health Champions. If you or someone you know is interested in soil health and would like to become a member of this growing, progressive network, please contact NACD North Central Region Representative Beth Mason at beth-mason@nacdnet.org or 317-946-4463 for more information.

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