NACD's 73rd Annual Meeting will be held Feb. 2-6, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. During Monday and Tuesday, NACD will feature 16 breakout sessions focusing on the work of conservation districts and their partners. The sessions, which sometimes feature several speakers, are aligned into four themed tracks: Communications; District Operations, Member Services and Partnerships; Natural Resources Policy and Protection; and Stewardship and Education.

By attending NACD's Annual Meeting breakout sessions, meeting-goers will learn how to improve district social marketing strategies and community outreach; maximize partnerships and planning to increase district operations efficiency; and tailor conservation opportunities to advance districts' impact. Visit the 2019 Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions page to read session descriptions and plan for the sessions you would like to attend.

Thanks to the generous support of Agri Drain and Warner Ranch, NACD will be offering first-time meeting attendees complimentary meeting registration and a ticket to Tuesday night’s Appreciation Banquet. Only one person per state or territory may receive a scholarship, and chosen individuals must stay in the NACD room block at the Marriott Rivercenter.

Once a state or territory association selects a scholarship recipient in cooperation with their NACD board member, they will send the recipient’s name and email address by Friday, Dec. 14 to NACD Director of Membership Kimberly Uldricks to complete their registration. To submit a name for consideration, please contact your state or territory association.


NACD’s staff is in Chestertown, Md., this week for the association’s annual staff retreat. During Monday’s programming, Kent Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provided a welcome to the region and discussed the district’s role within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Pictured are NACD CEO Jeremy Peters, Kent SWCD Conservation Planner Jenny Lee and Board Chairman Tommy Unruh. Lee and Unruh described the district’s technical assistance work and the challenges posed by the region’s soils.

NACD staff also took a tour of Corteva’s Chesapeake Farms, and learned about their wildlife management, water quality strategies and usage of cover crops. During the retreat, NACD staff are working to evaluate existing and upcoming programs to improve services to districts nationwide.


On Oct. 1, NACD President Brent Van Dyke sent a letter to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory (NWHBA) Board reaffirming the national association’s policies with solutions to address the overpopulation of wild horse and burros on the nation’s rangelands.

Last week, the NWHBA Board met in Salt Lake City, Utah, to provide recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on how to restore the health of our public rangelands. During the meeting, board members emphasized the importance of science and rangeland health for management decisions. Board members also discussed the disparity of management tools across different landscapes and regions. NACD’s Natural Resource Policy Specialist Adam Pugh attended the meeting and addressed the board during public comment.

At the meeting in Salt Lake City, the NWHBA board members voted to endorse Option One in the BLM’s Report to Congress to address the overpopulation and return to the AML within eight years while being fiscally responsible. The BLM announced its plan to offer $1,000 incentives to adopt a wild horse or burro and is still finalizing its internal policies to implement this program.

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