Changes to National Envirothon
The National Conservation Foundation has announced that the North American Envirothon is being returned to the National Conservation Partnership for management and fiscal operations. The Envirothon has enjoyed incredible successes over the last 27 years:
Since August 2013, the National Conservation Partnership, led by NACD’s National Conservation Foundation, has been pursuing an orderly transition. The National Conservation Foundation is preparing the restructuring plan and fundraising strategy in order to implement the merger. The National Conservation Foundation Operating and Fundraising/Development Committees have determined that the North American Envirothon needs realignment to support the states’/provinces’ Envirothon programs. They will be releasing draft planning documents in coming weeks for input and guidance.
While the local and state/provincial Envirothon competitions will continue as planned for2014, the new team recognized that a major investment is required to restructure the program, not only for annual operation but also to secure the future of the North American Envirothon well into the future. As such, the National Conservation Foundation has decided to not have a 2014 event to take the next year to retool and position the North American Envirothon to resume as the premier, international high school natural resource program. Missouri has committed to host the North American Envirothon in 2015, Ontario in 2016 and Maryland in 2017.
Together with local and state Envirothon organizations, the National Conservation Foundation, and its National Conservation Partners, is committed to strengthening and ensuring the continued success of the North American Envirothon while inspiring and developing new leaders to address the world’s sustainability and the pressures of tomorrow. This transition and restructuring will expand and improve the Envirothon to meet our expectations.
New Jersey Shines at NACD Annual Meeting
The focus was on New Jersey Conservation District Supervisors and District Employees at the 2014 NACD Annual Meeting this week in Anaheim, California.
The New Jersey Conservation Partnership’s Project Soil Conservation was showcased at a break-out session this morning. Joseph Lomax (Cape-Atlantic SCD), Priscilla Hayes (Mercer County CD) and Dave Reilly (Cape-Atlantic CD) presented an overview of the development of Project Soil Conservation and led participants in a series of hands-on activities from the K-3 portion of the curriculum guide.
Participants from around the nation enthusiastically joined in on hands-on activities from the Project Soil Curriculum Guide. There was great interest in our program and many requests to see the final Project Soil Conservation Curriculum Guide. Kudos to Joe, Priscilla and Dave on a great job.
Tim Thomas (Freehold CD), Joseph Lomax and Robert Dobbs (NJACD) also served as panelists on a NCDEA Workshop Session: Sharpen Up Your District’s Edge! Tim Thomas showcased New Jersey’s Chapter 251 Program and provided tips on how to increase District technical capacity through training plans, cross-training, mentoring and using shared resources. Joe Lomax highlighted ways to improve District Board Capacity through recruitment, ongoing training, diversity, ethics, mentoring and experience. Bob Dobbs provided tips on Maximizing Partnership Capacity through planning, maintaining and expanding partnerships, developing partnership agreements, and how to be an effective partner.
2014 Farm Bill
We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Senate approved the 2014 Farm Bill this week. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Farm Bill earlier. President Obama is expected to sign the 2014 Farm Bill later this week.
For over 75 years, Soil Conservation Districts and their partners have been working to address soil and water challenges and natural resource needs. As a qualified nonprofit 501c(3) organization, NJACD plays an important role in statewide and national conservation programs for the Districts, as well as the general public.
Meetings will be held virtually until further notice due to Covid-19