Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
10:00am - January 12, 2006
Little Rock, AR
Call to order
Sonny Jones, President called to order
the special called meeting of the Arkansas Association of
Conservation Districts Executive Board at 10:00am on
January 12, 2006 at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock, AR.
James Mitchell, 1st Vice President
Andrew Wargo III, 2nd Vice President
Rainwater, NACD Delegate/Past President
Hillman, East Central Area President
Charles Glover, Northeast Area President
James Widner, Northwest Area President
Odom, Southwest Area President
Whittington, West Central Area President
Rocky Harrell, Central Area President
Eddie Scherm, Southeast AR Area President
Stewart, Northwest Area Vice President
Manley, Northeast Area Vice President
Stagg, Central Area Vice President
Young, Executive Secretary, ANRC
Moreland, Program Administrator
Approval of minutes from last meeting
Roy Mahler presented the minutes from the
December 12, 2005 meeting. The minutes were approved as presented.
Motion to approve by Andrew Wargo III, seconded by Paul Whittington.
III. Treasurer’s Report
was given by Roy Mahler, Treasurer.
It was an End of Year accounting of
all investments and bank accounts. A full report was given at the Dec.
12th meeting. Motion was made by James Widner to accept the report and pay all
Executive Board expenses out of the Annual Meeting profits. Motion was
seconded by Andrew Wargo III. Motion passed.
Wyoming Plan Discussion
Guest, asked to be allowed to speak regarding her support for
implementation of the Wyoming Plan in Arkansas. Fulton County
Conservation District stated they did not support the Wyoming Plan. A
letter from Fulton County regarding their dissent is attached. Randy
Young and Tony Ramick, ANRC spoke to the differences and the rationale
for our current format for addressing watershed needs in Arkansas.
A resolution was read by
Bill Rainwater for adoption by the board as AACD’s official position on
the Wyoming Plan.
The resolution read:
BE IT RESOLVED
by the Executive Board of the Arkansas Association of Conservation
Board of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD)
sincerely appreciates the efforts to bring to its attention the
successful non-point source programs in other states, such as Wyoming.
The AACD board
acknowledges Arkansas’ efforts over the past several years to address
non-point issues through voluntary programs administered locally by
elected conservation districts boards.
The AACD Board
notes that the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) fulfills the
role of Arkansas non-point source lead agency and it depends on the
cooperation and work of local conservation districts to carry out
non-point source programs.
non-point source plan is admirable and, despite some differences based
primarily on differing geography and economics, it is very similar to
the locally administered, non-regulatory program found in Arkansas.
responsibility for the administration of the Arkansas program from the
ANRC to the AACD is not feasible or workable. The staff and financial
resources available to ANRC as a state agency are not available to AACD,
a non-profit, non-governmental corporation.
Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts supports the continued
cooperative agreement between ANRC and local conservation district
leadership. The Association does not support or endorse resolutions
currently being presented to county governments calling for fundamental
changes in the non-point program. Further, the Association does not
endorse the use of its name without prior board approval.
The motion to adopt the resolution
was seconded by Andrew Wargo III. Motion passed.
a) NACD 2006 Annual Meeting – a final program was provided to
the board with areas of responsibilities designated.
b) NACD Spring Legislative Conference – the date has been
changed to March 26-28, 2006 due to Congressional Recess. Board members
were asked to confirm with the program administrator their intentions to
c) Crittenden County – Marion Lake Trail and Outdoor Classroom
- Debbie Moreland
reported that the grant was accepted and a resolution needs to be signed
to begin the implementation. Motion made by Andrew Wargo III to
move forward with the grant process. Seconded by Rocky Harrell. Motion
d) Conservation Education K-3 Program Update – the 319 grant
contract between AACD and ANRC has been signed and Sebastian County
Conservation District staff members are currently working on the K-3
curriculum per the grant application. The curriculum will meet state
and national education standards.
e) Arkansas Biomass Alliance Update – the conference has been
scheduled for March 30, 2006 at the Wyndham Hotel. The opening speaker
is Richard Bell, Secretary of the Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture. The
program administrator noted that contact had been made with Potlatch
concerning their efforts on Biomass and bioenergy. They are seeking
partners in their efforts.
made the motion to partner with Potlatch as appropriate. Seconded by
Roy Mahler. Motion passed.
a) Climate Change Committee Request – It has been requested
that AACD partner with others to address climate change education
throughout Arkansas. Due to unanswered questions the board voted to
table the request until the program administrator could determine the
nature of the education.
a) Youth Conservation
– Roy Mahler, Chairman of the Education Committee announced that the
workshop would be held at Blanchard Caverns National Park on June 11-16,
2006. He also recommended the following changes be made to the YCW.
The current position of YCW Coordinator be split into two positions:
Education Coordinator – this individual would be charged with the
development of all the educational components of the workshop. He/she
would secure the instructors, working with our conservation partners,
and materials necessary to implement the program using the currently
Logistical Coordinator – this individual would be charged with
securing the food, lodging/campgrounds, transportation, t-shirts,
canoes, etc. in cooperation with the Education Coordinator. He/she
would be responsible for coordinating these arrangements.
Six adult counselors will be hired in place of the 15 youth
counselors that have been used in the past. It has become increasingly
harder to get youth counselors to commit. These adult counselors will be
charged with the health and safety of the youth participants throughout
the workshop. Notice will be sent to the conservation districts to see
if any district employee and/or district director would like to serve in
this capacity. They would be paid a set amount inclusive of travel.
Meals and lodging/tents will be provided. Brian Helms, U of A
Cooperative Extension 4-H State Office, made a presentation on the
guidelines that are recommended when dealing the youth; medical, code of
conduct, etc. forms.
Sonny Jones appointed a committee to work on the details to
implement these recommendations. They are: Charles Glover, Chairman;
Roy Mahler, Andrew Wargo, Eddie Scherm, Eddie Stewart and Debbie
Moreland, staff support.
Paul Whittington made the motion to go into Executive Session,
seconded by Andrew Wargo III at 1:00pm. Motion passed.
b) Troy Odom made the motion to come back out of Executive Session
at 1:20pm, seconded by Andrew Wargo III. Motion passed.
c) Motion was made by
David Hillman to raise the Program Administrator’s contractual hourly wage by
$2.00 per hour ($22.00/hr) retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006. Motion was
seconded by Andrew Wargo III. Motion Passed.
Sonny Jones, President
adjourned the meeting at 1:30pm.
Minutes submitted by: Debbie Moreland, Program