Additional District Funding for 2015 – Direct Assistance funding for 2015 will increase in the amount of $92,053.00. On July 1st and 2nd, the Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) met to decide how to distribute those funds and most Districts will potentially see a bump in their DA allocation for 2015, depending upon performance. This increase to Conservation District funding was a 2014 CACD membership driven request, and is an example of what CACD’s annual membership dues dollars are used for legislatively.
2015 Camp Rocky – Camp Rocky was held on July 5th through 11th and was another great week for high school students interested in natural resource conservation! Although the camp week was a bit wet due to rain--a good time was had by all!! CACD, along with collaboration and funding help from some of its Districts and our great conservation partners, brings this educational youth camp together each year for high school students, ages 14 – 18 years. Our camp offers four natural resource conservation based disciplines: Soil and Water Conservation, Forest Management, Rangeland Science, and Fish and Wildlife Management. A big THANK YOU to all of the Conservation Districts who helped support our 2015 Camp Rocky program this year! Also, we could not put this youth camp program on without the help of NRCS and the CO Department of Agriculture volunteer instructors. Next years’ camp is scheduled for July 10th through the 16th, 2016.
Colorado’s Sargent HS Travels to Missouri For the 2015 National Envirothon Competition – Sargent High School’s FFA team left for Springfield, Missouri on July 26th for the 2015 National Envirothon Competition. This five member team from Monte Vista, CO won the 2015 Colorado Envirothon Competition, which was held in Alamosa in May. We wish the students the best of luck as they compete against other teams from around the country and Canada!
NACD’s Summer Board Meeting – CACD President, Gary Moyer attended the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2015 Summer Board Meeting in Spokane, Washington in mid-July. Gary serves as the Southwest Region Chairperson and alternate Board member on the NACD Executive Board for the Southwest Region. The SW Region Executive Board member, Shaun Sims, from Wyoming, was unable to attend the meeting, so Moyer needed to fill that position also.
At this annual summer meeting, the major focus for the Southwest and Pacific Regions centered on filling the position of Western Issues Specialist, which serves as the staff person for both Regions and was recently vacated by Ted Ramsey. There was a strong consensus from the members that make up the SW and Pacific Regions that the position should be housed somewhere in the west, rather than in Washington DC which has been the case. The feeling is that the states in the western part of the country will be better served by this staff person being closer in proximity and having improved availability and better face-to-face contact with the SW/Pacific Region membership.
A special meeting of the in NACD Executive Board was held at the request of these two regions and the Executive Board approved the motion that the Western Issues Specialist position be located somewhere in the western part of the country, within the constraints of NACD’s budget.
Lastly, Gary wanted to report that it was very apparent, during the course of the four day meeting, that there was an overwhelming concern for Bob Warner, Colorado’s NACD Alternate, from the NACD membership all over the country. Everyone sent Bob well wishes and hoped that he would be able to attend the SW/Pacific Region Annual Meeting in October, to be held in Utah this year.
CACD’s 2015 Annual Meeting – The 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee continues to meet via teleconference calls in order to put together the agenda and specific content of this year’s CACD Annual Conference, which will be held on the western slope this year at the beautiful Park Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center in Beaver Creek, November 16 – 19. We were able to secure double occupancy rooms at this fabulous new facility for $109.00 per night. The theme this year will be “Conservation through Partnerships – Strategies for Success”. Colorado’s new Commissioner of Agriculture and our new NRCS State Conservationist will be among the key note speakers. Also, we are incorporating breakout sessions back into the 2015 program. If you would like to get involved with the input for our conference this year, it is never too late. Please let me know if you’re interested in helping out with the annual meeting in ANY way, so that you can be added to contact group email/phone listing.