Local Work Group Meetings – By now, most of our Districts have either had or have scheduled your Local Work Group meetings, in order to affirm the local on-the-ground conservation needs and priorities in your District/Watershed area. CACD encourages your District to advertise and market these important input sessions, with meeting facilitation assisted by the CSCB Conservation Specialist for your area.
2016 Camp Rocky – Camp Rocky is in its 53nd year and registration has already started for camp this summer! CR will be held this year during the week of July 10 - 16, just outside of Divide, CO. This CACD sponsored co-ed event is for 14 – 18 year olds, who are interested in learning about natural resource conservation. There are 4 conservation based disciplines—soil and water, forestry, range management, and wildlife. Camp Rocky is one of the most supported of CACD’s programs by the Conservation Districts statewide. Many Districts help to sponsor our future conservation leaders for the entire week at this educational summer camp. Please check out the latest Camp Rocky news on CACD’s website, along with all of the 2016 forms, at: www.coloradoacd.org , under the “Education and Events” tab.
CACD Long Range Planning – The CACD Board of Directors is working on some long range planning goals for your state association. A LRP Committee has been formed and has been meeting monthly, via teleconference, and will report to the full CACD Board of Directors in August, at their face-to-face meeting.
2016 Annual District Dues – A big THANK YOU to those Conservation Districts that have paid your 2016 annual dues to CACD already! This dues income is imperative to CACD’s administrative operations on a day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month basis. As always, we want to hear from you about what you and your District need. Please feel free to give me a call or email at any time, with any concern or questions that you may have, at: (719) 686-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CACD Legislative Committee – CACD’s lobbyist, Brett Moore, along with our Legislative Committee, saw the end of the Colorado 2016 Legislative Session on May 11th. The link for CACD’s Bill Tracking Sheet is available on the CACD website under the “Education and Events” tab (http://www.coloradoacd.org/legislative-and-current-policy.html), for your review of the bills that we supported, were in opposition to, or were monitoring on behalf of our Conservation District membership.
I was up at the Capitol in Denver on June 9th, to be present at the South Platte Water Storage Study bill signing by Governor Hickenlooper. This was House Bill 2016-1256, which Rep. J. Paul Brown championed for during the 2016 Legislative Session. J. Paul has always been a staunch supporter of CACD and Colorado's conservation issues. I was so glad that I was able to make the trip and to be there with him and a few of the CO Ag Council members, not to mention Senator Jerry Sonnenberg. CACD takes seriously our commitment to support the legislative water issues on your behalf, here in Colorado!
CACD’s 2016 Annual Meeting – CACD’s 2016 annual meeting will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, November 14 – 16, 2016. At the request of our membership, the annual meeting will have a shorter format/schedule. We hope that this shorten format will improve our Board Supervisor and District Manager attendance. Soon, I will be sending out further information in the form of a draft agenda. We have been having 2016 Program Committee teleconferences over the past several weeks, to discuss the theme and meeting content. If you’d like to get involved with the input for our conference this year, please let me know!
NACD’s 2017 Annual Meeting – The National Association of Conservation Districts will hold their next Annual Meeting, January 28th through February 2nd, 2017, in Denver at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel and Conference Center! As the host state Executive Director, I met with the NACD Planning Committee on June 15th to start focusing on Colorado’s input to this national event. Please mark your calendars to attend this annual conference, where representatives from all over the United States come to make national natural resource conservation policy, network, and learn about the current important conservation issues. As soon as I have a draft agenda from NACD, I will send it out to all of the Districts and their Board Supervisors. It will also be posted on the CACD website.
CACD Donations Through AmazonSmile.com – CACD now has a link at AmazonSmile.com for a .5% donation of your eligible Amazon purchases to be sent to CACD as a charitable contribution. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select CACD as their organization to receive the .5% donation on your purchases to CACD by electronic funds transfer. Anyone can support CACD by choosing us as your AmazonSmile.com non-profit organization of choice, at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0470063 This link is also be available on CACD’s website, on the home page, for your continued use.
As always, I want to encourage you to be relevant to your District’s landowners, who you serve. If you accomplish this task, the success of your District will come – I guarantee it! Thanks always for your continued support!
CACD Executive Director