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AACD News and Activities
2006 Activities Report

Organizational Activities

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

Attended the quarterly commission meeting to provide updates on AACD activities

Participated in the Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Annual Meeting Review - (September 27 & 28, 2006 – Ferndale 4-H Center)

Attend ANRC District Division staff meetings as requested

AACD Area Meetings

Seven area meetings organized to provide district directors training and information

Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition

AGLC meeting (March 7, 2006 – Russellville, AR)

GLCI Regional Meeting (April 21 – 23, 2006 – Huntsville, AR)

AGLC Annual Meeting (November 16, 2006 - Fort Smith, AR)

Arkansas Watershed Coalition

Established a new coalition, elected officers and secured a 319 Grant for a

Information Clearinghouse website, regional workshops and direct assistance

Held meetings – Feb. 9, 2006

Attended the “Organizing for Action: Building and Managing Watershed Coalitions for Effective Programs and Support: conference (May 10 – 12, 2006 – Nebraska City, NE)

Arkansas Biomass Alliance

Met with Potlatch to discuss the feasibility of a statewide biomass audit (Jan. 23, 2006–Monticello)

Held 1st statewide bioenergy conference (March 30, 2006 – Little Rock, AR)

Attended the ASU Biomass Conference (April 25, 2006 – Jonesboro, AR)

Attended the U of A Biomass Conference (August 25, 2006 – Little Rock, AR)

Forestry Outreach for Women

Held a statewide conference for women in conjunction with the Women in Ag Conference (March 6, 2006 – Hot Springs, AR). Provided financial support to implement the conference.

Wal*Mart Sustainability Program

Attended meetings and participated in bi-monthly teleconference

Governor’s Agriculture Breakfast

Meet at 7:00am monthly to review issues impacting Arkansas agriculture

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Presented information to the AFB Environmental Issues Committee (May 4, 2006)

Arkansas Rural Water Association

Met with their Non-point Source Water Committee (Feb. 2, 2006 – Lonoke, AR)

Met with their staff to discuss partnering on selected activities (Mar. 13, 2006)

Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Employees Association

Met with the officers quarterly and provided financial support

AACD Auxiliary

Provide assistance as requested and financial support

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Met with the NRCS Civil Rights Oversight Committee (Feb. 7, 2006 – Little Rock, AR)

Attended the NRCS Employee Appreciation Luncheon (Nov. 7, 2006 – Sherwood, AR)

Assisted in the CSP mailouts – Contacts #1, #2, & #3

Participated on the State Technical Committee meeting (November 27, 2006 – LR, AR)

Worked with NRCS to implement a statewide Security Clearance program necessary to meet Homeland Security requirements.

NACD Leadership & Board Meetings

NACD Annual Meeting (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2006 – Houston, TX)

SC NACD Regional Meeting (August 1 – 3, 2006 – Corpus Christi, TX)

NACD Spring Legislative (March, 2006- Washington, DC)

NACD Forestry Committee meeting – Sonny Jones, President by appointment

NACD Summer Board Meeting (August 12 – 13, 2006 – Columbus, Ohio)

NACD Regional Teleconferences (September 18-19, 2006)

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Leadership Conference (Nov. 29–30, 2006 – Nashville, TN)

AWHEP and Quail Programs

Administer the 25% cost-share for the Arkansas Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program, Quail Special Project & Quail Focal Area for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Crittenden County Conservation District

Assisted with administration of an AR Highway Dept. grant for the construction of the Marion Lake Trail.

Other meetings attended or activities:

Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group Conference (Nov. 3, 2006–Fayetteville)

Arkansas Water: Preparing Local Leaders for Water Challenges (Nov. 17, 2006 – LR)

Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality – participated in numerous meetings of the Triennial Review of the State Water Quality Standards, most particularly Extraordinary Resource Waters. Made numerous contacts with districts to encourage them to write letters and attend public hearings. Attended several hearings on behalf of the districts.

Arkansas Association of RC&D Councils – assisted in the planning and development of the Noah II – Poultry Litter Energy Conversion Project. Continue to assist in securing locations for the Noah II unit demonstration sites.

AgHeritage Leadership Conference – participated in a day long meeting focusing on the economic future of Arkansas agriculture and a national perspective.

4th Biennial Lonoke Farm Field Day (UAPB) – attended a morning conference highlighting demonstration projects that may have a significant impact of irrigation water. (August 24, 2006 – Lonoke, Arkansas)

Training Opportunities

TSP Training for district employees (May 8, 2006 – Conway, AR)

Quick Books training for district employees

Delta Conservation Demonstration Center (September 21 – 22, 2006 – Greenville, MS) Board members saw demonstration projects targeting Tier 3 land applications.

Mentoring Program – continue to finance a mentoring program between districts.

Youth Activities

Monroe Samuel Forestry Clinic

State Forestry Clinic (April 6, 2006 – White Oak State Park, Camden, AR)

Cash prizes are awarded to the winning students, T-shirts and trophies for the winning teams.

SC NACD Southern Regional Forestry Contest (May, 2006 – Ferndale 4-H Center)

State Forestry Planning Committee Meeting (Dec. 7, 2006 – Camden, AR)

Youth Conservation Workshop

Week long workshop (June 11 – 16, 2006 – Blanchard Springs Park, Mt. View, AR)

Sponsor two $500.00 scholarships to the high scoring students

Envirothon

Judged at area contest and continue to provide financial support to state group

Sebastian County Conservation Education Program

Assisted as needed and provided financial support for two years ($5,000/yr)

Secured 319 Grant for Conservation Education K-3 Curriculum and contracted with

Sebastian County for its development

Dave Ferguson Scholarship

Continue to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship for a student based on essay and oral presentation

These activities included the AACD Executive Board members and the Program Administrator.

If you have questions or need more information call me at (501) 682-2915.

Debbie Moreland
Program Administrator
 


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