2015 CO Envirothon – The 2015 CO Envirothon competition took place May 14 and 15, in Alamosa, and was a huge success. CO Envirothon is CACD’s statewide natural resource competition for high school students, 4-H and FFA groups. Sargent High School’s five member team took home the first place honors and trophy, and will travel to Springfield, Missouri at the end of July to compete in the national NCF Envirothon contest. The second and third place teams were from Castle View High School in Douglas County. A big thank you to the Districts and Watersheds that contributed funds to help assure the success of CACD’s 2015 CO Envirothon program—particularly the Center and Rio Grande CDs. For more information about this year’s event and CO Envirothon 2016, please visit the COE website at: www.coloenvirothon.com .
Summer 2015 Watershed Meetings – Several of the Watersheds that hold a summer meeting have already met. I attended the Rio Grande Watershed meeting on May 26th, and will travel to the Upper South Platte Watershed on June 16, in Louisville, CO. These Watershed meetings are important to be attended by at least one or two members of each District within the watershed boundaries, so that the District has the chance to share their particular concerns with the entire Watershed representation. Please work at making your Watershed meeting an important part of your District business.
2015 Annual District Dues – A big THANK YOU to those Districts that have paid their 2015 annual dues to CACD! So far, there are 35 of our Districts that have paid 100% of their annual dues. These annual dues are necessary to CACD’s administrative and legislative operations. It was the Districts that decided in the 1940’s that they needed a “state association” to make sure that their collective voice was heard by the Colorado Legislature and other Ag related groups statewide. Remember, it is CACD that obtains your annual Direct Assistance funding from the state, as referenced above. Make sure that your District is part of the statewide team of Districts that supports your state association!
2015 Camp Rocky – Preparations and registrations are underway for 2015 Camp Rocky! This year’s camp is scheduled for July 5th through 11th, again at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp facility, just outside Divide, CO. CACD, along with collaboration and funding help from its Districts, brings this educational youth camp together each year for student’s ages 14 – 18 years. The camp offers four natural resource conservation based disciplines: Soil and Water Conservation, Forest Management, Rangeland Science, and Fish and Wildlife Management. Each student is offered one of the four areas of study and will participate within that topic area for the entire week at camp.
The cost of this week long conservation camp experience is only $350 per student. Each camper that is interested can contact their local Conservation District or go to our website at www.coloradoacd.org and download a brochure and 2015 camp application. The application, along with a $100 camp deposit, is required from each camper by June 15th. The balance of the $250 and all additional paperwork is due by June 26th. Scholarships for this year’s camp are available by contacting the student’s local Conservation District here in Colorado. Student(s) camp sponsorship(s) can be put on your District’s Annual Plan of Work, under the title of “Conservation Education/Outreach”, so please let me know if your District is interested in sponsoring a student for 2015 Camp Rocky!
CACD’s 2015 Annual Meeting – The 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee held its first teleconference call on May 12th. CACD’s annual conference will be held on the western slope this year at the beautiful Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, November 15 – 19. We were able to secure double occupancy rooms at this fabulous new facility for $109.00 per night. The Program Committee meets in order to discuss early planning strategies, a meeting theme, and a draft of the program content. The theme that everyone seems to be in favor of this year is “Conservation through Partnerships – Strategies for Success”. We are also discussing 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.