Who We Are
The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1980 formed to conduct educational, scientific, charitable work concerning conservation, maintenance, improvement and development and use of land, soil, water, trees, vegetation, fish and wildlife and other natural resources in Vermont.
The voting members of the association are the 14 Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) in the State of Vermont. Conservation Distrists were established in 1939 as under the Soil and Conservation Act # 246. Please see the Conservation Districts page of this website for a complete listing of Districts and more information their programs.
The VACD Board of Directors consists of one member from each Natural Resource Conservation District. Officers of VACD are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary and are elected for two-year terms. They perform customary duties of these offices in other organizations.
The Executive Committee is made up of the Officers and the Immediate Past VACD President. The Committee holds meetings monthly or more often to conduct necessary policy development, budgets, business oversight and review of programs and activities of VACD.
The Executive Director is responsible for strategy, planning, communications and operational management of VACD membership activities and technical programs.
What We Do
For over 80 years Natural Resources Conservation Districts (NRCDs) have been working with landowners, organizations and government agencies to protect our soil, water, forests, wildlife and other natural resources.
Vermont’s 14 NRCD’s provide landowners and agricultural producers with technical, financial, and educational assistance for working with state and federal programs. Districts act as local facilitators linking landowners and producers with the appropriate federal and state cost share programs and private sources of funding that can help them meet their management objectives. Districts coordinate the 14 Local Working Groups that allow for diverse input and feedback into local natural resource planning that is vital to the USDA approval and allocation of the 2008 Farm Bill programs. Districts coordinate agricultural and natural resource management projects, and conduct workshops providing educational information on many related topics.
Conservation District assistance is available to all landowners at no cost. Contact your local conservation district for assistance.
- Intervale Center
- Farm to Plate
- Lake Champlain Basin Program
- National Association of Conservation Districts
- Natural Resources Conservation Council
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-USDA)
- UVM Extension
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
- Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife
- Vermont Forestry, Park and Recreation