National Association of Conservation Districts celebrates 75th anniversary
The National Association of Conservation Districts is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Past President Brent Van Dyke says NACD is no stranger to challenges because conservation districts were formed following the devastation of the Dust Bowl.
“Since then we’ve adapted over the years in the face of new technologies, new challenges, different funding, different legislation, new agencies, and a change in society,” he says. “Conservation districts and locally-led conservation models have been a successful legacy because of our ability to adapt to the local needs of our communities. It’s what makes us so strong and what makes us so essential.”
He says the organization will continue to build upon, refine, and adapt as it looks to the future.
“Conservation is something that affects us all, we all need to pitch in and be good stewards of the land and its natural resources,” he says. “That also means making sure we’re providing our conservation districts with the resources and skills to be better abled to conduct our outreach for our communities.”
NACD CEO Jeremy Peters says capacity, programs, and conservation assistance are functions of conservation districts that are just as important today as they were 75 years ago. He says 17,000 men and women appointed or elected to governing boards across the country are uniquely positioned in their communities to provide clean water and healthy soil.
Van Dyke and Peters made these comments during the National Association of Conservation Districts 2021 Annual Meeting.
NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts.