NACD annual meeting brings over 800 people to Denver

NACD’s 71st Annual Meeting has been one of the best yet! If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s conference, you can still watch archived video of Monday and Tuesday’s general sessions and presentation footage from the Expo Stage. If you are a district member or employee that would like to put out a press release on your attendance of the meeting, head over to our Newsroom. There we have links to NACD press releases, photos, video, and more detailed recaps of the week’s activities.

If you’re in Denver right now, we hope you’ll join us this evening for our Appreciation Banquet and Reception. We’ll be honoring our past, present, and future conservation leaders, and celebrating the stewardship successes of 2016. Before you leave the city, we also encourage you to share your thoughts on this year’s meeting by taking this super short survey. Your feedback helps us put on better and better conventions each year.

Ben Masters shows two films at NACD meeting

Documentarian Ben Masters sat on a wild horse panel for NACD’s Sunday evening program and came back on Monday to deliver the Leadership Luncheon keynote. On Sunday, he gave a showing of his movie “Unbranded” (click here to purchase a copy). 

On Monday, Ben showed one of seven short films he has recently released on different conservation topics. To rewatch “Selah: Water from Stone,” or to send it along to your friends, colleagues, and family, follow this link.

As part of a six-month series on district operations, the Did You Know? monthly feature in eResource will highlight chapters of the NACD District Outlook Task Force report: “Blueprint for Locally-Led Conservation - A Strategy for District Success and Sustainability.”

The full report is a practical guide for conservation district leadership to use in the development of “sustainable” operational systems that can live long into the future.

For any organization to be “sustainable,” it must have systems in place to be able to cope with change – and even create it when necessary. The Task Force found five elements – communications, training, structure and governance, business planning, and funding – were crucial to ensuring long-term success for districts. The same five topics will be covered over the next six months in “Did You Know?”

To read more about how the Task Force developed this report, head over to NACD’s blog. And don’t forget - any individual, state, agency, or district can write a Did You Know? article and have it featured on NACD’s blog and in eResource. If you have comments or questions on this month’s, or suggestions for future editions, contact NACD Southeast Representative Phylis Vandevere.

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