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Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
Executive Board Meeting Minutes
10:00am - March 23, 2006
Wyndham Hotel
North Little Rock, AR

Call to order

R.D. "Sonny" Jones, President called to order the regular meeting of the Executive Board at 10:00am on March 23, 2006 in Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, AR.

The following members were present:

Sonny Jones, President
Roy Mahler, Sec./ Treasurer
Rocky Harrell, Central Area President
Troy Odom, SW Area President
James Widner, NW Area President
Martha Manley, NE Area Vice President
Paul Whittington, WC Area President
Bill Rainwater, Past President
Debbie Moreland, Program Administrator

Guests:

Alice Weeks
Cindy Thornberry
Adrian Baber, ANRC
Doris Washington, NRCS
John Shannon, AFC

Approval of minutes from January 12, 2006 meeting

Roy Mahler gave the minutes from the last meeting. Motion to approve by Paul Whittington, seconded by Rocky Harrell. The minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Roy Mahler gave the financial report, Year to Date and review of the Financial Accounts. Motion made by Rocky Harrell to approve, seconded by Paul Whittington. Motion passed. Debbie Moreland reported that the accountant is working on our audit.

Open issues & reports

National Biomass Conference, Denver, CO – report given by Sonny Jones and Troy Odom. Both continue to feel this is a tremendous opportunity for our foresters, producers, farmers and landowners.

Arkansas Biomass Alliance Bioenergy Conference is on scheduled for March 30, 2006 at the Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock.

NACD Spring Legislative Conference plans have been made. Congressional Packets have been developed based on six budget requests. Each congressional packet includes FY07 Budget Request, support materials and letters from the conservation districts and RC&D Councils.

Youth Conservation Workshop – Debbie Moreland provided draft copies of the YCW participant packet for the board’s approval. Alice Weeks and Cindy Thornberry were recommended by committee to be hired as contract labor for the positions of Education Coordinator and Logistics Coordinator, respectively.

Roy Mahler made the motion to accept the packet and the committee’s recommendation, seconded by James Widner. Motion passed.

Forestry Clinic – Troy Odom gave his report regarding the 2006 Monroe Samuel AACD Forestry Clinic is scheduled for April 6, 2006 at the White Oak Lake State Park near Camden. He noted that the clinic guidelines have been revised.

New business

a) South Central NACD Regional Meeting is scheduled for August 1 – 3, 2006 in Corpus Christi, TX.

b) Southern Regional Woodlands Clinic is scheduled for May 5, 2006 at the Arkansas 4-H Center, at Ferndale. Discussion was held regarding the costs to the participants. $2,500 was budgeted for the costs of this event.

c) Rocky Harrell made the motion to pay for the meals (breakfast and lunch) but not the lodging. Motion seconded by Troy Odom. Motion passed.

d) Area Meetings – discussion was held regarding area meetings. Only two meetings have been scheduled to date.

West Central AACD Area Meeting – May 17, 2006 – NRCS Plants Materials Center at Booneville, AR

Southwest AACD Area Meeting – July 11, 2006 – Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR. Secretary Richard Bell will be featured speaker.

TSP Training – Discussion was held regarding the difficulties districts are encountering in submitting the proper documentation for TSP reimbursement.

A new training date will be determined for May.

e) Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition Conference – Debbie Moreland reported that the AGLC will be hosting a seven state conference on April 21, 22, & 23, 2006 at the Ozark Science Center near Huntsville. AACD is a member of the Coalition. James Mitchell has asked that we support this conference at some level.

Paul Whittington made the motion for Debbie Moreland to attend the conference, seconded by Troy Odom. Motion Passed.

Rocky Harrell made the motion to contribute $300 to the conference, seconded by Bill Rainwater. Motion passed.

f) Proposed EPA 319 Grant – Debbie Moreland reported on a new grant proposal to establish a clearinghouse of information for watersheds. This grant will be a tremendous support tool for our existing watersheds.

Roy Mahler made the motion to move forward in securing the grant, seconded by Troy Odom. Motion passed.

Partnership Reports

John Shannon, AFC State Forester reported on the current status of the AFC. He also reported that the Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture is working well.

Doris Washington, NRCS reported that NRCS’s budget has been negatively impacted by the natural disasters which occurred last year.

Adrian Baber, ANRC – reported that Water Quality Technician training continues as landowner compliance and inspections rules started in January, 2006. He also reported that Randy Young invited Debbie Moreland to attend the NASCA meeting in Louisville, KY with Adrian. The meeting is scheduled for April 10-12, 2006. The meeting will focus on the conservation delivery system and how it can be improved. The concept of watershed based districts was also discussed. ANRC Commissioner Corbit Lamkin asked Randy Young to investigate this concept and it’s application to the current structure we have. There is some concern about all the various groups that are assuming leadership on watershed issues without have any legal authority to do so.

Adjournment

Sonny Jones adjourned the meeting at 2:00pm.

 

Minutes submitted by:  Debbie Moreland, Program Administrator


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