- CO Envirothon’s Steering Committee met to discuss an MOU between CACD and the Rio Grande Watershed Education Initiative, where they would take the lead in organizing the 2016 CO Envirothon competition. This year’s statewide contest will be held on the front range this year, in Douglas County, April 25th – 26th. Further details can be found at: www.coloenvirothon.com
- CO Farm Bureau hosted the final 2015 meeting of CO Ag Council at their offices in Denver. As a member, CACD continues to stay connected with this group and is recognized as a valuable partner in CO agriculture. As a group, CO Ag Council is more effective on the various issues that impact agriculture in our state.
- The Camp Rocky leadership met, via teleconference, to start planning this year’s camp program. CACD sponsors this week long, youth camp will be held outside of Divide, July 10 – 16. All of the registration forms and materials can be found on CACD’s website: www.coloradoacd.org
- The Colorado Ag Water Alliance held its bi-annual CO Ag Water Summit in Loveland, at The Ranch complex. Despite the wicked winter weather, the conference was well attended and enjoyed by all that braved the storm to listen to speakers discuss our statewide water issues.
And, so far in January 2016 --
- Due to the problem with trespass livestock in Mesa Verde National Park, CACD sent a comment letter to them and the National Park Service, supporting their desire to exercise the federal authority that they possess in order to deal with these abandoned animals. Action needs to be taken in order to prevent further damage to the Park and its natural resources.
- And, last week, another letter was written and taken in hand to the CO Parks and Wildlife hearing in Denver, with regard to the possible Introduction/Reintroduction of Mexican and Grey Wolves into Colorado. Supported by CACD’s membership driven Policy, I expressed our opposition of the introduction of wolves into CO. The hearing was well attended and quite contentious, to say the least.
- CACD honors our 2015 Conservationists of the Year, in the Farmer and Rancher categories, at the National Western Stock Show on January 20th during the evening’s rodeo. Our lobbyist Brett Moore, invites various CO legislators to join CACD’s Board of Directors for this event, in order to bring awareness to CACD and the legislative issues that can impact our Districts and their members, with regard to any natural resource conservation concerns in CO. Bob Warner helps sponsor this annual January gathering.
- The Colorado State Conservation Board will have their first quarterly meeting in Denver at the CO Department of Agriculture’s offices in Broomfield, on January 27th and 28th. CACD meets with the CSCB quarterly to discuss leadership, District outreach, along with a variety of topics relative to conservation and our state programs.
- The National Association of Conservation Districts’ 2016 annual meeting will be in Reno, NV from January 30th through February 3rd. Gary Moyer, as a newly elected NACD Executive Board member, Bob Warner, as CO’s NACD representative, and I will be attending this year. Colorado will be taking two Resolutions that were passed from the state, to the region, and now on to the national level with regard to dealing with the management and ever increasing populations of wild and feral horses in the west. This is a very important meeting for natural resource conservation at the national level.
As you can see, CACD keeps very busy keeping a finger on the natural resource conservation “pulse” here in our state of Colorado. Please know that I am here to help assist you, your Conservation District, and our conservation partners whenever possible. We will be successful if we continue to work as a team!
CACD Executive Director