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2017 NACD NE Region Meeting Archives

Check out photos, audio, and videos from the 2017 NACD NE Region Meeting.  


An Overview of Vermont’s Clean Water Act, Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources, State of Vermont

Farm Policy and Conservation Districts: Understanding and Engaging in the Farm Bill, Eric Hansen, NACD Northeast Region Representative

NRCS’s Targeted Watershed Planning Approach in Vermont, Fletcher (Kip) Potter, Water Quality Specialist

Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program Pilot: Working Lands for a Better Vermont, Ryan Patch, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Kerry O’Brien, District Manager, Caledonia County NRCD

Building Conservation Leaders, Kim LaFleur, Secretary-Treasurer NACD

Tribal Outreach and Partnership RPG, Michael Crowder, NACD 2nd Vice-President, Supervisor Benton CD, WA State

Welcome to Vermont, Vicky Drew, NRCS State Conservationist


Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP)

New England Food Vision

2017 NACD NE Region Meeting

August 13-15th in Burlington, VT.  Located at the Sheraton Hotel 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403.

Join us in the Green Mountain State this summer for a spectacular conference featuring the vibrant agricultural landscape of Vermont.

  • Learn about program innovations to promote conservation, support agriculture, and protect water quality.
  • Discuss key policies and programs that impact our conservation mission.
  • Hear from NACD and NRCS leadership and others about national trends, issues, and activities and how they relate to the Northeast
  • Share experiences with colleagues from throughout the Northeast.
  • Tour Vermont farms and stormwater projects and enjoy the beautiful Vermont landscape.

Feeding the World, Nurturing Our Communities

How should we manage our food production and land use to ensure healthy and affordable food for all? How do we sustain land-based employment and enterprises, protect and improve natural resources for future generations, and nurture the communities we cherish?  We are food producers and food consumers –land owners and land users – educators – technical service providers – project implementers and project funders – policy makers and rule enforcers – and human beings who long for a fulfilling life.  What can we do at the local, state, regional and national levels to protect what we value and realize our vision for the future, in harmony with the natural world around us?  Join us to explore these and other questions through presentations, dialogue, celebrations and tours at the Northeast NACD Region Meeting in Vermont!


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Sunday, August 13th

9:00am – 5:00pm

Registration in Hotel Lobby

11:30am – 5:00pm National Conservation District Employees Association Tour for All
Visit natural, historic and fun sites along Lake Champlain starting with Bread and Butter Farm, where a young farm family is making a living and caring for this conserved farm through a variety of community-oriented enterprises. The tour will wrap up at Magic Hat Brewery, one of Vermont’s famous local brew houses. – Conference Center Parking Lot
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Welcome Reception (light hors d’oevres and cash bar) – G’s Restaurant

Dinner on your own at the Sheraton or downtown

There will be a continuous free hotel shuttle to/from downtown Burlington 6-9 pm leaving from Hotel Lobby

Monday, August 14th

Registration in the Hotel Conference Center – Diamond Ballroom Foyer from 8:00am – 1:30pm (Last chance to sign up for The Spirit of Ethan Allen Dinner Cruise)

6:45am – 8:45am Breakfast – Emerald Ballroom Promenade
7:00am – 8:45am NE NACD Region Board Meeting – Emerald 1 Ballroom
9:00am – 10:30am Opening General Session Emerald III Ballroom
– Opening and Welcome – Michelle Green, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) President
– Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem sung by Corrina Parnapy, Manager, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCD)
– Welcome to Vermont – Vicky Drew, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) VT State Conservationist
– National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Updates
   – Kim LaFleur (MA), NACD Secretary-Treasurer
   – Dan Farrand (NY), Northeast (NE) NACD Chair
   – Michael Crowder (WA), NACD 2nd Vice President
– NRCS Update – Keisha Tatem, Acting NRCS Northeast Regional  
– National Conservation Districts Employees Association (NCDEA) and Northeast Association of Conservation Districts Employees (NACDE) Updates – Jeff Parker (NY), President NACDE- President’s Association Update – Denise Savageau (CT), NE Regional Representative- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Update – Kira Jacobs, Environmental Protection Specialist, Region 1– Meeting Logistics – Jill Arace, VACD Executive Director
10:30am – 11:00am Coffee & Tea Break – Emerald Ballroom Promenade
11:00am – 12:00pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Wildlands, Woodlands, Farmlands, and Communities:
                                       A Conservation Vision for New England
 ~ Brian Donahue, PhD, Brandeis UniversityWe live in one of the most densely populated and one of the most densely forested parts of the world. Can New England – or the Northeast – reasonably feed itself? Well, no – there are too many people; there’s not enough farmland; and the forest is too valuable. But we could grow more of our food within the region and realize significant social and environmental benefits. Brian Donahue will discuss how we might balance the values of wild forest, sustainable wood production, local food, and thriving communities. – Emerald III Ballroom
12:00pm – 1:15pm ~ LUNCH ~   Emerald Ballroom Promenade

Opportunities and Challenges for US Agriculture
Chuck Ross, Director of University of Vermont Extension and former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets – Emerald III Ballroom
1:30pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1

  1. Policy: The Stick & the Carrot – Water Quality Policies & Programs in VT – Emerald III Ballroom
    Representative David Deen, Chair, Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources    
       Committee, Vermont Legislature
    Julie Moore, Secretary, VT Agency of Natural Resources
    Laura DiPietro, Deputy Director, Agricultural Resource Management Division
       VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
    — Hilary Solomon, Manager, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation    
  2. Program Innovations: Agricultural Soil and Water Quality Emerald II Ballroom

             — Regional Compost Feasibility Study & Pilot Project in Scituate Reservoir, RI
                 Gina DeMarco, Manager, Northern RI Conservation District
             — Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program
                 Mike Middleman, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
             — NRCS Vermont, Strategic Watersheds Initiative (feel free to change this)
                Kip Potter, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Vermont    

Speaker Bios

3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee & Tea Break – Emerald Ballroom Promenade
3:30pm – 4:45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2
1. Policy: Farm Bill and US Agriculture Budget 101 – Why you Should Care – Emerald III Ballroom
— Eric Hansen, Northeast Region Representative and Policy Specialist, NACD
— Tom Berry, Field Representative for US Senator Patrick Leahy2. Program Innovations: Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Emerald I Ballroom Speaker Bios
5:30pm – 9:00pm

Board buses for The Spirit of Ethan Allen Dinner Cruise on Lake Champlain  – Conference Center Parking Lot

~ Remarks by Bill Howland – A Brief History of Lake Champlain
   former Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program
~ VACD Awards
~ Envirothon 50/50 Fundraiser

Buses return to the Sheraton at 9pm

Tuesday, August 15th

Registration in the Hotel Conference Center – Diamond Ballroom Foyer from 8:00am – 11:15am (Last chance to sign up for or change your conservation tour)
Please Recycle name tags and SWAG

6:45am – 8:45am Breakfast – Emerald Ballroom Promenade & Emerald III Ballroom
7:00am – 8:45am VACD Annual Board Meeting – Carleton Room
7:45am – 8:45am

NRCS Leadership Meeting – Emerald III Ballroom

NACDE Annual Meeting – Emerald II Ballroom

9:00am – 10:30am General Session Panel: Strategies for Accomplishing our Conservation Mission on the Continuum between Regulatory and Non-Regulatory (MD, NJ, DE)  – Emerald III Ballroom
10:30am – 10:45am

NACDE Leadership Meeting – Emerald II Ballroom

Closing Remarks – Kim LaFleur (NACD), Keisha Tatem (NRCS), Dan Farrand (Northeast NACD), Michelle Green (VACD) – Emerald III Ballroom

10:45am – 11:15am Coffee & Tea Break – Emerald Ballroom Promenade
11:15am – 12:00pm A Brief Natural History of Vermont – Rick Hopkins, Chair, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District former VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation Planning Director – Emerald III Ballroom

Board Buses for CONSERVATION TOURS (boxed lunch provided for Tours #1 & #2; catered lunch for Tour #3) – Conference Center Parking Lot

Tour #1: Agricultural Water Quality Tour
               ~ Led by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Tour #2: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tour
                 ~ Led by Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District

Tour #3: Farm to Plate Tour
                 ~ Led by Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

5:00pm – 5:30pm Buses Return to Sheraton Hotel – Conference Center Parking Lot
6:00pm Dinner on your own at the Sheraton or downtown

There will be a continuous free hotel shuttle to/from downtown Burlington 6-9 pm leaving from Hotel Lobby