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  • N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD Mission"To serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation."

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD GoalsRepresent districts as their national voice on conservation issues. Provide useful information to conservation districts and their state associations. Build partnerships with federal and state agencies and other organizations in order to carry out district priorities and programs. Analyze programs and policy issues that have an impact on local districts. Offer needed and cost-effective services to districts.

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACDRepresents Americas 3,000 conservation districtsServes as a voice for districts on Capitol HillProvides information, tools and training to districtsBuilds partnerships and coalitions

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD ContinuedNon-Profit Organization; Formed in 1946.Motto Conservation, Development, Self-GovernmentRepresents SWCDs by Developing National Conservation Policies Influencing lawmakers Building partnerships

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD DutiesEstablish & Maintain Working Relationships Government AgenciesLeaders in Various Sectors (Agriculture, Conservation, Education, Industry, Etc.)

    District Publicity.

    Provide various services.

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD Elected OfficersCompetenciesProven leadership experience and vision Understanding of budget and financial management functions and an appreciation for non-profit and grant accounting processes Familiarity and experience with management and operations of associations Be an active district official from a quota paying district Be a champion of conservation district policies and principles An understanding and the ability to effectively advance the associations vision, mission and strategic objectives Ability to inspire action Knowledge of and working experience with national level conservation issues and leaders Experience with the legislative process Strong and effective interpersonal and communications skills Consensus building skills and willingness to support decisions of the Board Understanding and respect for the role and responsibility of a professional staff Ability to travel and be away from home as much as 100 days per year

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    NACD StaffChief Executive Officer Director of Finance and AdministrationSenior Policy AnalystDirector of CommunicationsDirector of Government AffairsGovernment Affairs Grassroots CoordinatorMember Data ManagerExecutive AssistantAccounting Assistant

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Representing DistrictsNACD represents all districts on:Seeking new opportunitiesBuilding partnerships and coalitionsAddressing legislative and regulatory issues

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Voice in WashingtonBoth on Capitol Hill and with Federal AgenciesFunding for conservationPolicy and programsRules and regulationsN A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Funding for ConservationWhat does it mean to me?In 2006, Virginia received$3,393,039 in CRP funds$11,656,516 in EQIP funds$466,598 in WHIP funds

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Info, Tools and TrainingConveying current conservation news and opportunitiesProviding educational materialsCreating tools for stronger districtsFacilitating training and development opportunitiesN A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Partnerships and CoalitionsCritical to districts successStrength in numbersNational partnerships result in state and local benefitsN A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Recent NACD ActivitiesChesapeake Bay Leadership ConferenceRCA Listening SessionsHerbicide Resistance Task ForceGreen Infrastructure WorkshopsNew tools at www.nacdnet.org

    N A T I O N A L A S S O C I A T I O N O F C O N S E R V A T I O N D I S T R I C T S

    Be a Part of the ActionWeigh in with your ideasShare your success storiesCommunicate regularly with NACDSupport NACD financially and through active involvementBuild and maintain strong relationships with your local, state and federal lawmakers

    ****NACD is a non-profit organization formed in 1946 by districts and their state associations.

    The NACD motto is "Conservation, Development, Self-Government." These words convey the belief that conservation begins with the actions of individuals like you. Whether you join NACD as a member, implement conservation practices in your community, or become a volunteer, your participation and commitment to the conservation cause will ensure the health of our nation's natural resources for the future.

    NACD unites districts into one voice and helps them accomplish collectively what they could not accomplish alone. On behalf of districts, NACD develops national conservation policies, influences lawmakers, and builds partnerships with other agencies and organizations. NACD also provides services to its districts to help them share ideas in order to better serve their local communities. *NACD is financed primarily through the voluntary contributions of its member districts and state associations. All districts are asked to pay annual national dues. NACD funds are used to accomplish several duties. NACD maintains relationships with organizations and government agencies; works with leaders in agriculture, conservation, environment, education, industry, religion and other fields; provides services to its districts; and publishes information about districts. *It is not important to memorize any information on this slide, just wanted you to be aware of the commitment these officers make. The very last bullet certainly caught my attention: Ability to travel and be away from home as much as 100 days per year.

    *Again, no need to memorize these. Just wanted to draw your attention to this list. NACD represents districts in everything that we do.

    We constantly seek new opportunities for:Funding for district operations/services and for your customersWays for you to Develop stronger boards, districts and state associationsDistrict program diversity and expansion

    We participate in a number of partnerships and coalitions that result in benefits for you.

    We represent you on legislative and regulatory issues, ensuring district needs and priorities are considered.

    NACD is a well-respected organization that provides you a seat at the table.

    *NACD serves as a voice for conservation districts both on Capitol Hill and with Federal Agencies.

    Funding for conservationWe have worked to maintain full funding for Farm Bill conservation programs. Over the last three years, more than $17 billion has gone to conservation in the U.S.NACD advocates for critical Conservation Technical Assistance funding that supports NRCS operations and delivery of Technical Assistance through conservation districts, often via contribution agreements, in each state.

    Policy and programsRecently NACD has been very engaged in the Climate Change Debate, urging for USDA NRCS management of any potential agriculture or forestry program rather than EPA. This summer I had the opportunity to testify on the topic before the House Agriculture Committee.

    Rules and regulations In recent weeks and months, NACD has provided input on the operation of local work groups, working on changes to expand participation and maintain conservation district leadership roles in LWGs.*Note that these are 2006 numbers. All of these breakdowns by state and county are available on NACDs website on the Farm Bill page. The programs included are EQIP, CRP and WHIP. Our staff is in the process of getting updated numbers.*

    Every single week, you have the opportunity to receive updates from NACD on current conservation news and opportunities through eNotes.

    eNotes provides:NACD updatesFunding and training opportunities for districts and state associationsConservation newsTools for stronger districts

    Sign up on the NACD website to get eNotes.

    NACD has a strong education program that provides attractive, current education materials that are designed annually around our Stewardship theme. The materials can be used for several years. Last year was water, this year we partnered with Smithsonian and the Soil Science Society of America on Soils, next year is Habitat and the year after that well join many groups including the United Nations to celebrate the year of the forest with our educational materials.

    We constantly post new materials and tools on our website at www.nacdnet.org. Whether it is board training materials or information on storm water management, all of the information is relevant to districts.

    NACD conferences and other meetings provide excellent opportunities for training and development. Were just completed hosting five Green Infrastructure workshops and there will be many opportunities for development at our upcoming annual meeting in Orlando.*Critical to our successStrength in numbersNational partnerships result in state and local benefits

    Just this summer, more than 50 agriculture, environment, forestry and conservation groups followed NACDs lead in an effort to protect conservation funding.

    It would take all day to list all of the partnerships and coalitions we belong to but recently we have been very active with the Joint Forestry Team; the National Conservation Partnership, Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition, Project Learning Tree, Smithsonian and Soil Scientist Society of America and many more.

    These partnerships alone have resulted in:A new website highlighting Joint forestry activities where you can showcase your own success stories (www.jointforestryteam.org) Conservation districts information technology needs being addressed with NRCSOpportunities for educator workshops on soils*The Chesapeake Bay Leadership Conference was a conference for leaders from various partnering organizations and agencies that focused their discussions on working together to provide support and assistance with initiatives in the bay. This is the first of various conferences that will focus on regional natural resource concerns across the nation.

    RCA Listening SessionsThese were a good opportunity for districts to influence national conservation policy today and in the future (explain importance and availability of other methods to submit input). We expect to do focus groups on the RCA in future months.

    Herbicide Resistance Task ForceNACD is in process of forming task force to look at issue of herbicide resistance in weeds and its impact on conservation.

    Green Infrastructure WorkshopsNACD is providing education and tools through five workshops in collaboration with Conservation Fund instructors.

    New tools at www.nacdnet.org. We constantly expand our website. Recent updates include:Establishing and Maintaining Relationships with LawmakersLow Impact Development pieceDisaster Recovery Desk Guide and Tool KitWoody Biomass Desk Guide and Tool KitCommunity Wildfire Desk Guide and Tool KitTips for working with Local MediaThis spring, we also completed rebuilt our urban and community pages with many district showcases, resources, training and funding opportunities on stormwater management, urban forestry, smart growth and much more.

    *Stress the importance of two way communication between NACD and districts.

    Emphasize the importance of them having strong personal relationships with our lawmakers at all levels.that is what makes our influence so strong. Were in the relationship business.

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