CACD President, Gary Moyer and NACD Alternate Bob Warner, and I just returned from New Orleans for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2015 Annual Meeting where we were able to successfully pass a 2014 CO Resolution regarding local District responsibility to the aging Watershed dam structures around CO and Nationally. Some of these dams date back into the 40’s and 50’s, and have outlived their intended live span. These dams, which various Districts are responsible for, put an added financial pressure on those Districts for maintenance and rehabilitation issues. Specifically, our resolution asks NACD to support all efforts to facilitate communications between conservation partners, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in regard to financial support and technical assistance for Conservation Districts, State Associations, and Watershed groups for watershed protection dam maintenance and rehabilitation issues.
Next week, Gary Moyer, Bob Warner and I will be attending the Governor’s Ag Forum in Denver on February 25th and 26th. This event is a huge gathering of CO’s Ag entities that is held in February each year.
Also, you I’m sure know, the CO Department of Agriculture has announced that Mr. Don Brown will be our new Commissioner of Agriculture. Don is from Yuma County here in CO.
Additionally, CACD is very excited about our new permanent NRCS State Conservationist, Clint Evans, out of Idaho! Colorado has been without a permanent State Con for almost a year, and we are looking forward to meeting one-on-one with Clint in March, to discuss NRCS’s relationship with CO’s Conservation Districts.
At our annual meeting last November, CACD assumed the reins of the CO Envirothon program, which previously were held by West Greeley Conservation District. We have our new CO Envirothon web-site up and running, a new state logo, and are finalizing the details of this year’s competition, to be held in May. We have many collaborating partners that have been previously involved in the program. You can visit the CO Envirothon website at www.coloenvirothon.com
Also, CACD sponsors a natural resource conservation themed youth camp every year, and Camp Rocky 2015 is scheduled for the second full week of July, the 5th through the 11th. This educational camp experience will be again held just south of Divide, CO. The website info and 2015 brochure and camper application form are available via the CACD website, which is www.coloradoacd.org
CACD continues to stay connected with the many natural resource and conservation issues that are in the forefront of day to day, week to week, and month to month news here in CO. We take seriously our commitment to the 76 Conservation Districts of CO, representing these Districts and their landowners on whatever level that it takes to make sure that conservation issues are addressed and dealt with in a professional and productive manner, on a state and national level.
By: Sharon Pattee, CACD Executive Director