No-Till Oklahoma All-Crops Conference
Feb
19
to Feb 20

No-Till Oklahoma All-Crops Conference

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Learn about the latest best management practices for the following crops:

  • Canola

  • Cotton

  • Sorghum

  • Soybeans

  • Wheat

Early Registration (before February 1): $200 • Late Registration: $250

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Please call 1-405-447-9000 for lodging reservations.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: National Brownfields Program
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: National Brownfields Program

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time on February 21, 2019 will feature the National Brownfields Program.

 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives will give an overview of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act that was enacted in March 2018 and how it can be useful to local entities like conservation districts.

 The Laramie Rivers CD of Wyoming will provide an update on their recently completed clean-up of the old Midwest Refinery property using Brownfield and Community Development Block Grant resources.

 These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

 

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Texas Soil Health Short Course
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Texas Soil Health Short Course

Texas Soil Health Short Course - Palestine

The “Texas Soil Health Short Course”(TSHSC)will be held Feb 26-27, 2019 in Palestine, TX. Whether you drive a tractor, ride a horse, or a hunting UTV your success depends on the ability of your soil to produce the commodity or experience that you desire.

The TSHSC has been designed to provide leading dynamic soil properties research and technical information for Texas along with producer’s practical approaches to implementing a system to improve their soil health. TSHSC will provide conservation demonstrations and hands-on field activities that will help you start implementing soil health the minute you return to your operation.

Learn about soil management strategies from innovative producers and the world’s top researchers on methods to improve the health of your soil. Speaker profiles, conservation demonstrations, and field tour information can be found here.

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NACD Spring Fly-in
Mar
13
8:00 PM20:00

NACD Spring Fly-in

The 2019 NACD Spring Fly-In is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Every spring, NACD invites its members to join our staff in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill. This year’s NACD Fly-In was held March 20, 2018, uniting 150 conservation district officials from across the nation.

Learn more.

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Call for Papers/Posters Deadline: 2019 OCLWA Conference
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Call for Papers/Posters Deadline: 2019 OCLWA Conference

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“Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”

Hosted by Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association

Deadline to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations of work in aquatic resource science and management for the Annual OCLWA Conference is March 15.

This year’s conference will focus on “Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”. The OCLWA supports a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • Lakes, Streams, and other Limnological Studies

  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Management

  • Watershed Science and Management

  • Wetland Science and Management

  • Water Quality Modeling

  • Fisheries Science and Management

  • State and Regional Water Quality Monitoring Programs

  • Regional Water Quality Issues

  • Invasive Aquatic Species

  • Groundwater Science and Management

Presenters must complete the relevant form and submit an abstract of their proposed presentation. Abstracts must be 200 words or less, single spaced, formatted in Calibri 11 point font, and must include title followed by author(s), and affiliation. Completed submissions for presentations are due by March 15, 2019, but early submissions are encouraged!

For oral presentations or posters, submit abstracts to Greg Kloxin at greg.kloxin@conservation.ok.gov.

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Deadline to apply for Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Deadline to apply for Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual "Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship."

Mike Thralls

Mike Thralls

Thralls was an unwavering steward of the land who loved Oklahoma and was committed to preserving her natural resources. Thralls was a graduate of Oklahoma State University who went on to serve as Oklahoma Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

In his memory, OACD will be awarding two $500 scholarships in April 2019.

Eligibility:
In order to be awarded a scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Current high school senior in Oklahoma that will be pursuing a degree in agriculture or natural resources at Oklahoma State University.

  • Currently enrolled at Oklahoma State University in the College of Agriculture or Natural Resources;and be a graduate of an Oklahoma high school.

Preferred Criteria:
In the spirit of Mike Thralls, applicants that are involved in 4-H, FFA, farming and/or ranching and have expressed an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply. Applicants should exhibit outstanding character, professionalism and a commitment to serve their community.

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a 500 word essay on a conservation subject of their choice along with their full name, address, telephone number, email address and a copy of their most recent high school or college transcripts to OACD no later than March 29, 2019, to:

OACD
PO Box 2775
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
sarahblaney@okconservation.org

Award Notification:

The scholarship will be presented at Conservation Day at the Capitol on April 23, 2019. Scholarship winners will be invited to attend to accept their award. All funds will be paid directly to Oklahoma State University.

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 2019 Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference
Apr
3
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference

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“Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”

Hosted by Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association

Water quality mangement conference featuring multiple concurrent presentation tracks, an expanded student poster contest, and professional exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

Find more information and register online.

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga
Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga

Free Conservation Locally-Led Workshop & Dinner

Starts at 5:30 PM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Food

Hosted by Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Major & Blaine County Conservation Districts

RSVP by April 10 to P. J. Martin, NRCS, 580-623-8501 ext.3, Phillip.Martin@ok.usda.gov or Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS, 405-612-9331, Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

Open to the Public

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Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

Starts at 11:00 AM

Locally-Led Workshop Hosted by Grant, Garfield and Alfalfa County Conservation Districts

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension Projects & Programs

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Moisture Study on Cover Crops

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

More information.

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NACD South Central Region Meeting
Jul
21
to Jul 23

NACD South Central Region Meeting

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SAVE THE DATE!

2019 NACD South Central Region Meeting

Hotel Reservations

Room Rates:
Saturday, July 20: $249 + $10 resort fee
Sunday, July 21-Tuesday, July 23: $109 + $10 resort fee

Call: 1-844-WIN-GROU or 1-844-946-4768
Group ID: SCOC719
Reservation deadline: June 21, 2019

More details coming soon.

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Benefits of Healthy Soil Workshop
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Benefits of Healthy Soil Workshop

Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner

How Can Healthy Soil be Beneficial to You

Pre-registration begins at 5:30 PM - Workshop begins at 6:00 PM

The workshop agenda topics include:

  • Overview of the agriculture demonstration, education and outreach efforts being undertaken by the Choctaw Nation in partnership with NRCS

  • Ongoing research on new crop species and varieties being conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Plants and Soil

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage and Stocking Rates, What it will Cost me?

  • USDA program updates and new Ag Census Data

Learn more.

Please RSVP by February 15th by calling Tonee Wolf at 800-522-6170 ext.6019, Carol Crouch at 405-612-9331 Register via e-mail to: twolf@choctawnation.com or carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov.

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Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers

Do your part to help the streams and rivers of southwest Oklahoma!

Learn about - Stream Ecology, Watersheds, Common Pollutants, Stream Monitoring, Stream Protection, and Educating the Public.

For more information, contact Becky Zawalski at 405-522-4731 or 405-761-7401 or becky.zawalski@conservation.ok.gov

*There is a separate registration for each day. The Day One “Stream Ecology Education” can be taken as a stand alone day, but the Stream Monitoring on Day Two requires volunteers to have completed “Stream Ecology Education.”

**There is a small charge for materials each day. More information is available when you register.

Find more information.

Register Online

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Ag in the Classroom Grant Application Deadline
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Ag in the Classroom Grant Application Deadline

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is pleased to request grant proposals from educators to expand agricultural literacy in Oklahoma schools. Funding for these grants has been made available through the Oklahoma Pork Council.

NEW: Six Grants will be awarded in the amount of $500 each, and will be awarded in both the fall and the spring. Proposals are funded based upon project merit and the availability of funds. The application deadlines are September 15 and February 15.

Project objectives must promote students' understanding of the food and fiber system and support the use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program in the overall classroom curriculum. Because the primary purpose for this grant is to encourage use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program, project proposals must be directly related to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons and activities. A list of Ag in the Classroom lessons, and the activities to go with the lessons, are required.

Who may apply for these grants?
Grants are available to PreK-12 educators in Oklahoma working in public or private schools and to Oklahoma educators who work with students, grades PreK-12, in nonformal educational settings, e.g., after school programs, alternative education programs, 4-H clubs, etc. Applicants must have received AITC training through one of our many professional development opportunities.

Learn more.

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FREE ASA Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture - An Introduction
Feb
13
11:00 AM11:00

FREE ASA Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture - An Introduction

Professional Development without the Sales Pitch! 

Regenerative Agriculture:
An Introduction from an Experienced Producer and Educator

An American Society of Agronomy Webinar

Register Now

Free to all Registrants!
Watch Live or Later!

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00 AM CT

Regenerative agriculture does not mean organic or conventional—it is a pathway for all producers to improve soil health and become more profitable. Understanding the farm as an ecosystem unlocks new solutions to these problems, which are summarized in the principles of regenerative agriculture: 1) reduce disturbance, 2) keep the soil covered, 3) maximize diversity, 4) keep a living root in the ground year-round, and 5) integrate livestock. Learn how and why these principles work to help farmers achieve higher functioning soils that ultimately lead to greater profitability.

Questions? Need Help with Registration? 
Contact  Michele Lovejoy (608) 268-4947

1 CEU Sustainability (CCA/CPAg)
1 CEU Professional Meetings (CPSS/CPSC/CST)

Registration for the webinar includes access to the live webinar and a link to a recording of the webinar. The recording link will be emailed to you and will be available approximately one week from the scheduled date. This link will be valid for 30 days and can only be used by the registrant.

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Quail and Pollinators in Southeast Oklahoma Workshop
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Quail and Pollinators in Southeast Oklahoma Workshop

Come learn about managing your property for wildlife! The informational session on Quail, wildlife and habitat management is FREE to all!

Meeting will be at the Bowers Community Building roughly 7 miles west of Wilburton, OK. From Wilburton take Hwy 270 West for 6.3 miles to Bowers Road, continue West on Bowers Road for 0.5 miles. Bowers Community Building is on right (North) side of Road.

Topics to Cover:

• Habitat Management

• Prescribed Fire

• Monarch Butterfly & Pollinators

• Pushmataha WMA Forest Habitat Research Area

RSVP to :

Latimer County Conservation District
918-465-2181
latimerccd@conservation.ok.gov

Dustin Lamoreaux
405-714-7893
dlamoreaux@pheasantsforever.org

More information.

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2019 Conservation Planning Boot Camp Deadline
Feb
5
5:00 PM17:00

2019 Conservation Planning Boot Camp Deadline

NACD, through partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is offering spaces for conservation district employees to attend Conservation Planning Boot Camp.

This premier, three-week course offers conservation district technicians and planners the opportunity to learn how to develop and implement conservation plans, systems and practices. NACD will reimburse districts or individuals for the costs to participate.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 is the last day for state or territory associations to submit Conservation Planning Boot Camp participant information to NACD for consideration for the Mar. 26 – Apr. 11, 2019 session. There are six more boot camp sessions scheduled throughout 2019.

For more information, check out NACD’s Conservation Planning Boot Camp webpage.

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NACD Annual Meeting
Feb
2
to Feb 6

NACD Annual Meeting

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This year's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, from Feb. 2-6, 2019 at the Marriott Rivercenter. With the theme “Mission Focused: Fulfilling Our Legacy,” the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting will celebrate the history of the tricentennial city, the conservation movement and the leaders who make natural resource conservation possible on every acre.

Registering online saves you $15 – just sign in to your NACD account to complete your registration (click “Forgot Password” to reset your password or check if you have an account). While you register online, you can also become a Friend of NACD and order a commemorative 2019 Annual Meeting t-shirt.

The 2019 NACD Annual Meeting will be hosted in partnership with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ASWCD) at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, next to the Riverwalk. The room rate is $214 per night, plus tax. Make your reservations before Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, online or by calling 1-800-648-4462 and saying you are with the NACD Annual Meeting.

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Deadline for High School Seniors to apply for Conservation Auxiliary Scholarship
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

Deadline for High School Seniors to apply for Conservation Auxiliary Scholarship

2018-2019 Oklahoma High School Seniors Conservation Auxiliary Scholarship

$300 award paid to college, university or trade school of recipient’s choice.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Scholarship applicant must be a child or grandchild of a District Director/Manager, Conservation Employee, or NRCS seeking a higher education at a Trade School, College or University.

  • Applicant must have an over all 2.5 Grade Point Average.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a Trade School, College or University by Fall of 2019.

  • Applicant must be a full time student

SCHOLARSHIP OBJECTIVE

  • The Oklahoma Auxiliary Scholarship is intended to encourage qualified students to increase their interest and awareness of the mission of Conservation.

  • To pursue a career in their field of endeavor.

Download application

Date Due: February 1, 2019

Send to:

Robyn Caughlin
14201 South P St.
Tonkawa, OK 74653
robertacaughlin@icloud.com
(580) 761-6937

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Deadline to Apply for Area V Healthy Soils Demonstration Farm
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Deadline to Apply for Area V Healthy Soils Demonstration Farm

Agriculture producers who are interested in planting a warm season cover crop and reside in OACD Area V are invited to apply to establish a demonstration farm through the Healthy Soils Project.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be postmarked or emailed on or before January 30, 2019 to be eligible for consideration. Selections for the warm season cover crop cooperators will be made in February 2019.

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No-till on the Plains Winter Soil Health Conference
Jan
29
to Jan 30

No-till on the Plains Winter Soil Health Conference

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Registration is now open for the 23rd annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference. Online registration is open for growers, industry partners and soil health enthusiasts to attend the popular soil health expo and educational event. The Conference will take place January 29-30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kan. This annual event offers great networking opportunities for attendees, and Wichita offers ample entertainment and dining options. Registration is available at www.notill.org

In its 23rd year, the Conference continues to offer international, national and state experts focused on improved soil health systems for increased farm profit. The 2019 Winter Conference features a line-up of farmers, soil health researchers and conservation professionals aiming to share their expertise and knowledge with attendees.

Registration for the No-till on the Plains Conference is available now online at notill.org. The Winter Conference registration price is $275. Walk-ins are welcome but rates increase closer to the event date. Registration rates are also available in packages for those who want to attend the Beginner’s Session and the Winter Conference together or the Winter Conference and AIM Symposium in tandem. Discounted rooms rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

This year’s speaker lineup features author and geologist, Dr. David Montgomery and his wife Anne Biklé, an author and biologist. The team’s presentation will focus on their most recent book, The Hidden Half of Nature, bringing attention to the similarities between plant roots and the human gut systems. Internationally known conservationist Jay Fuhrer from Bismarck North Dakota will also be a General Session speaker. Jay will share his lifetime of experiences improving soil health and the innovations he has helped create on the Menoken farm, a conservation demonstration site in central North Dakota.

The diverse lineup of speakers this year also includes: Bryan Jorgensen, producer from North Dakota; Grant Sims, producer from Victoria Australia; Dr. Kristine Nichols, soil microbiologist; Dr. Christine Jones, soil ecologist from Australia; Adam Daugherty, soil conservationist, from Coffee county Tennessee, and Adam Chappell, producer from Cotton Plant, Ark.

Attendees have several options to attend additional soil health workshops before and after the Conference. On Monday January 28th, A beginner’s level event, Discover Soil Health, is being offered for individuals looking for the basics of getting started with no-till and improved soil health.  Also on the 28th is a new offering of more advanced information, Reducing the Fertilizer Budget, Integrating Nutrition and Biology Towards Plant and Soil Health. This day-long session is presented by Joel Williams. Finally, on January 31, is the Agriculture’s Innovations Minds Symposium. This year the AIM Symposium explores topics like nutrient density in food, markets for regenerative agriculture products and making the most of each acre. Certified Crop Advisor Credits will also be available for conference attendees.

Sponsors for the 2019 Winter Conference are: Green Cover Seed, Farmers Business Network, General Mills Exapta Solutions, The Globetrotter Foundation and the Ceres Trust.  All of these generous sponsors will be available to attendees throughout the Conference.

Visit notill.org or call (785) 307-0433 for registration information. Pre-registration online is encouraged.

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No-till on the Plains Pre-conference Workshop: Reducing the Fertilizer Budget
Jan
28
8:00 AM08:00

No-till on the Plains Pre-conference Workshop: Reducing the Fertilizer Budget

No-till on the Plains is offering a new workshop just prior to the 23rd annual Winter Conference. This is a unique opportunity for producers to take an in-depth look between fertilizer, plant health and soil health. Conducted by educator Joel Williams, the day-long workshop Reducing the Fertilizer Budget will be held in the Century II Convention Center on January 28. 2018.

Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator, a healthy soils advocate and presenter on soil biology, plant nutrition and integrated approaches of sustainable farming. Joel has worked on conventional and organic farms improving biological farming practices in Australia and the UK, integrating soil chemical and biological assessments along with plant nutritional analysis as a joined-up strategy for plant management.

“Over the last ten years my observations and experience with agriculture soils convince me we are underselling the value of the biology” Williams says. “Gaining a greater understanding of the benefits to crops from the biological community is the best way for producers to become more efficient with their inputs”.

The workshop will be an intensive day covering the following topics:

  • Soils in Transition: Improving Input Efficiencies and Unlocking Soil Nutrients

  • Leveraging Existing Soil Fertility and Optimizing Purchased Inputs

  • Nutrient Behavior in Soils

  • Carbon-input Complexes, Improving Input Efficiency

  • Foliar Applications – Tips for a Top Response

  • The Living Soil and Organic Carbon: The Centerpiece of Soil Health

  • Ecological Succession and Fungal, Bacterial Balance

  • Integrated Pest Management: Understanding Plant Health and Resilience

  • Understanding the Nutritional Drivers of Plant Immunity

  • Disease Management, Novel Approaches to Managing Plant Immune Responses

  • Plant Health and Nitrogen Management – Not Enough or Too Much?

  • Weeds as Indictors: Fungal Bacterial Ratio, Detoxifying Herbicide

Cost $200, includes lunch

Learn more and register online.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Pasture Management and Climate Change on Small Acreage
Jan
17
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Pasture Management and Climate Change on Small Acreage

Livestock and overgrazed pastures are often looked at as the villains of environmental integrity. But what if that wasn’t the case, and good pasture management by livestock owners could actually slow down or reverse climate change? Alayne Blickle, creator and director of Horses for Clean Water, will review basic techniques for good pasture management including how grasses grow, creating a winter paddock, spreading compost, rotational grazing and managing small grazing areas. Proper land and soils management can positively affect horse health and livestock well-being, land productivity, cost-effectiveness, and climate change.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

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Fire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Jan
5
8:30 AM08:30

Fire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School

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  • Using prescribed fire and other fuel load suppression techniques to help reduce the risk of wildfire

  • Live demonstration of burning a "black line" fire break around Concho using prescribed fire--essentially fighting fire with fire (Weather permitting)

  • Lunch provided

RSVP by December 21 to Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com

Record-breaking wildfires have plagued the Southern Plains for the past three years. During this time period, unusually wet summers combined with unseasonably mild winters have resulted in increased vegetative growth, creating the conditions for devastating wildfires. In an effort to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities deal with these conditions, The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Redlands Community College, Oklahoma State University, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, the Noble Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have joined forces to host a wildfire fuel suppression training school on Jan. 5 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Community Center in Concho, Oklahoma.

This event, according to John Weir, associate extension prescribed fire specialist at Oklahoma State University, is designed to help landowners, local fire departments and community leaders consider prescribed fire as a tool to help reduce wildfire danger.

“For three years in a row we have seen an increase in the severity of our fire season,” Weir said. “We need to be thinking about strategies now to help reduce this fuel load and protect our farmsteads and rural communities from the danger of wildfire. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective strategies is to use prescribed fire on the land.”

According to Weir, by implementing prescribed fire as a tool to control fuel load, individuals and communities can reduce the danger of out-of-control wildfires later on. By doing targeted “black line” burns around communities and structures when conditions permit, burn associations and fire departments can work together to provide additional protection to homes and businesses. As part of the training school, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes will be burning “black lines” around the town of Concho itself in partnership with local prescribed burn associations.

According to Nathan Hart, executive director of the Department of Business for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, this effort will both protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal headquarters at Concho and provide an excellent demonstration of the protection prescribed fire can help provide.

“Burning a fire break around a town is a great strategy to help protect those communities from wildfire later on,” Hart said. “Our hope is that by conducting this training school at Concho, we will spur additional partnerships between burn associations and local volunteer fire departments in using prescribed fire as a tool to fight wildfire.”

Dr. David Brown, director of the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, noted how this event is part Hub’s mission to help agriculture producers and rural communities deal with extreme weather events.

“Recent wildfires have impacted a multitude of production systems in our Southern Plains region. This training school is an example of putting tools and strategies in the hands of land managers to help deal with the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate events.”

The training school will start at 8:30am on January 5th at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Community Center located at 300 Black Kettle Drive in Concho, Oklahoma (7 miles north of El Reno on Highway 81) and will be free to the public with a meal provided by Oklahoma AgCredit. Those wishing to attend are requested to RSVP by December 21 in order to determine the headcount for the meal. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com.

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OACDE District Employee of the Year Submission Deadline
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

OACDE District Employee of the Year Submission Deadline

It is time again to send in nominations for District Employee of the Year.  The district employee must be a current member of OACDE. 

The member status can be checked by contacting Mari'a Simpson at Cotton County Conservation District -cottonccd@conservation.ok.gov.

The nomination must be sent to Coleta Bratten at Deweyccd@conservation.ok.gov or mailed to Dewey County Conservation District, PO Box 36, Taloga, OK 73667 by December 31, 2018. 

If you have any questions please contact Coleta at 580-328-5366.

Nomination Form

PAST OACDE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Sue Harper 2000
Diana Ehlers 2001
Fredia Rice 2002
Carolyn Tucker 2003
Rita Niece 2004
Paula Templeton 2005
Iris Imler 2006
Brad Hamilton 2007
Reva Maddux 2008
Jolene Sparks 2009
Coleta Bratten 2010
Becky Inmon 2011
Susan Henning 2012
Bobby Fain 2013
Jo Callison 2014
Nena Wells 2015
Brenda Waltman 2016
Shirley Hudson 2017
Cindy Bierig 2018

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NACD Bylaw Resolution Submission Deadline
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Bylaw Resolution Submission Deadline

The NACD Bylaws also provide that state associations, region boards, national foundation committees, and the executive board may file with the CEO of NACD, at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the board, copies of any resolutions those bodies have adopted for consideration by the full board at the annual meeting. The Resolutions Committee will review such resolutions for the purpose of combining similar resolutions and/or rejecting resolutions that are not of national or significant regional scope, are inaccurate or not germane to conservation or district operations, and/or are not submitted in the proper format. The policy development process is described in detail in the attached paper. This briefing paper provides information on what type of resolutions will be considered by the national board, how to prepare resolutions, when to submit them, and how they are handled. In order for a resolution to be presented to the NACD Board, the sponsor(s) must meet the requirements on pages 3-4 of this document. We are requiring the attached Submittal Form be used for all resolutions to ensure background is separated from the actual resolution, the meeting and date the resolution was adopted by the sponsor are provided, and an authorized signature is given. Although the deadline for submitting resolutions for the 2019 Annual Meeting is December 31, 2018, we’d greatly appreciate your submissions as early as possible. As in past years, only those associations whose annual meetings are held in January will be able to submit resolutions later if done so promptly.

Send all bylaws amendments and resolutions to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org or mail to NACD, PO Box 621147, Littleton CO 80162-1147.

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EQIP Application Deadline
Dec
21
5:00 PM17:00

EQIP Application Deadline

Applications for participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, are due by Friday, December 21st, 2018. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS) State Conservationist for Oklahoma, Gary O’Neill, encourages eligible producers and landowners to submit their applications and inquiries to their local USDA Field Service Center by the December 21st deadline to be considered for the current sign-up period.

“EQIP is a great program for any producer or landowner that wants to target a natural resource concern they have on their land,” said O’Neill. “Voluntary conservation programs like EQIP continue to prove that agricultural producers are doing their part to improve their soil, water and air quality without regulations.”

EQIP provides producers and landowners with financial and technical assistance to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, air and other related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forest land.

NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round but, deadlines are set periodically to consider eligible applications for funding. Applications submitted after the December 21st deadline will be considered for funding during later funding opportunities. To be considered for funding producers or landowners must submit a completed program application, establish farm records and provide other documents that support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. All applications will be considered without discrimination or bias.

“Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers have always been committed to conservation. I urge all producers to get their applications in by December 21st and continue Oklahoma’s commitment to voluntary, local conservation,” said O’Neill.

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Muscogee Creek Conservation Information Fair
Dec
20
1:00 PM13:00

Muscogee Creek Conservation Information Fair

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Housing Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
Okmulgee, OK

Come and go

This information fair will provide overview information for Muscogee (Creek) citizens about conservation and production agriculture programs. We want to help you own, operate, and retain your own farm/ranch.

  • Learn About Federal and State Programs

  • Blue Thumb

  • Ok Conservation Commission

  • Water & Soil Info

  • Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge

  • Langston University Goat Information

  • OBHRPI - Alternative Uses Of Cedar

www.mcn-nrcc.org

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
Dec
20
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar

The Rockingham County Conservation District in New Hampshire installed demonstration Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB), a new passive technology used to control nitrogen with a formulation of wood chips, exchange media, and sand or gravel to transform inorganic nitrogen to nitrogen gas. This technology can be used in conjunction with an existing or new septic system to prevent nitrogen migration to sensitive watershed areas. A groundwater monitoring program was used to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology at a small residential and larger community septic system.

In Wichita, Kansas, sandy soils have been mined for commercial purposes, resulting in a sand pit that fills with groundwater. Stormwater drains into the resulting lake from the residential lawns, parking lots, driveways and roads. The Sedgwick County Conservation District along with partnering agencies set up monitoring wells to determine whether pollutants carried by runoff into sand pits affect the quality of the groundwater and to help identify appropriate best management practices to address this.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

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Nature-Based Communities: A Citizen-Led Initiative
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Nature-Based Communities: A Citizen-Led Initiative

Imagine cities that are not apart from nature—but a part of nature.

It’s happening right here in Oklahoma. Come out and meet Oklahomans who are making our communities greener, and as a result, healthier and more livable for everyone.

Join The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma on December 13 at VZD’s in Oklahoma City to learn from residents, community partners, and decision-makers who are taking action for people and nature to thrive together. This interactive event will feature projects from alumni of the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy (OCLA), as well as a panel discussion with local experts. We’ll also have complimentary appetizers and drinks available and encourage you to bring a friend.

The OCLA aims to inspire innovation, cultivate meaningful and lasting relationships, and provide resources necessary for members to lead the way in nature-based solutions to help combat challenges in their communities.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

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Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School
Dec
11
to Dec 12

Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School

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Hear from some the best scientist and extension specialists in the region!

Topics will include:

  • The Pesticide Complaint Process

  • Bt Resistance

  • Cotton and Soybean Diseases

  • Teff production

  • Dealing with Purric Acid in forages

  • Soybean population research

  • Review from Dr. Romullo Lollato of what the Kansas wheat yield contest winners did

  • Soil health testing

  • What happens when we delay N application in wheat

The WCS is a great opportunity for CCAs, agronomists and producers to learn about the latest research and management strategies for crop and forage production in the southern Great Plains. For CCAs there will be approximately 4 credits offered in Integrated Pest Management, 4 credits in Crop Management, 2 Credits in Nutrient Management, and 2 credits in Soil and Water Conservation. For Certified Applicators, there will be approximately 4 ODAFF CEUs offered.

In conjunction with the WCS, a CCA Exam prep course will be offered on the afternoon of the 12th.

Registration
Early-Bird Registration is $125 per person.
After December 4, the cost goes up to $200.
Register online here.

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The location has moved from the Wes Watkins Center to the Student Union. Parking will be provided in the fourth avenue garage, located across the street south of the Student Union. Do not park in reserved spaces. If attendees wish to park in the Student Union parking garage, they will have to pay the parking fee.

OSU faculty and staff will need to use your own permits and park in appropriate lots per OSU parking policy.

OSU Parking Map https://parking.okstate.edu/parking-map (lot 112G)

Tuesday night’s reception will be held in the State room at the Atherton.

Hotel

Hotel rooms available at the Atherton for the rate of $93.

To Make reservations call: (405)744-6835 and give group code Winter Crop.

Hotel Reservation deadline is November 15th.

If you have any registration questions or need other hotel information please contact:
Stacy Payne, Ag Conferences
405-744-6489

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NACD Bylaw Amendments Submission Deadline
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Bylaw Amendments Submission Deadline

Under the NACD Bylaws, the NACD Board of Directors, region boards, the executive board, and state associations of conservation districts may submit proposed by-law amendments for consideration by the Board. Proposed bylaw amendments must be submitted in writing to the members of the Board of Directors through the respective state association or region board, directly or through the CEO of NACD, at least 60 days prior to the meeting of the Board at which the proposed amendment will be voted upon. Proposed amendments must include the date or time at which the amendment would become effective if adopted.

Send all bylaws amendments and resolutions to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org or mail to NACD, PO Box 621147, Littleton CO 80162-1147.

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Area V Meeting
Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

Area V Meeting

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday November 15, 2018 for the OACD Area V meeting. The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing. As a fellow director, I want to strongly encourage you to attend your area meeting.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area V meeting will be hosted by the Little River Conservation District at the Museum of the Red River located at 812 E Lincoln Rd. Idabel, OK 74745. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Frank Acker by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Frank Acker at Little River CD at 580-286-7645or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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Area III Meeting
Nov
13
8:00 AM08:00

Area III Meeting

  • Mid America Industrial Park Expo Center (map)
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We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 for the OACD Area III meeting. The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area III meeting will be hosted by the Mayes County Conservation District at the Mid America Industrial Park Expo Center located at 725 Webb Street, Chouteau, OK 74337. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Jo Callison by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Jo Callison at Craig County CD at 918-256-5647 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms.  Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

Directions

Please note: One of the entrances will be closed to the EXPO. Please enter off Highway 69. Download map.

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Area IV Meeting
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

Area IV Meeting


We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the OACD Area IV meeting.  The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area IV meeting will be hosted by the Custer County Conservation District & the Upper Washita Conservation District at the Frisco Conference Center located at 101 S. 4th St, Clinton, OK 73601. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, John D. Butchee by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either John D. Butchee at Jackson  County CD at 580-482-4312 ext. 3 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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Area II Meeting
Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

Area II Meeting

  • Oklahoma Association of Electric Coops (map)
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We hope you’ll join us on Monday, November 5, 2018 for the OACD Area II meeting. The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area II meeting will be hosted by the Kay County Conservation District at the Oklahoma Association of Electrical Cooperatives 2325 E. I-44 Service Road in Oklahoma City. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Tammy Curry by OCTOBER 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Tammy Curry at Murray County CD at 580-622-3913 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Nov
3
8:30 AM08:30

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, November 3rd at the Westside Branch YMCA at 5400 S Olympia Ave in Tulsa.

The training will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training and also register for the Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location.

If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 3rd.

Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

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NACD Officer Candidate Application Deadline
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Officer Candidate Application Deadline

The NACD Nominating Committee would like to announce that there will be an election during the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas to be held February 1-7, 2019. The purpose of the election will be to fill the positions of First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.

The major qualifications for nominees requires that the person serve on a local conservation district board at the time of election. Each position serves for a term of two years at which time the candidate can run for election to a higher office, or in the case of Secretary-Treasurer, the option of being elected to a second term.

Candidates will be required to submit an application to include a letter of intent and resume to the nominating committee by Friday, November 2, 2018. The letter of intent shall include the position in which the candidate is willing to serve and that they have a clear understanding of the duties and time commitment of the position.

All district officials interested in becoming a candidate should submit a complete application by Friday, November 2, 2018. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Jeremy Peters at jeremy-peters@nacdnet.org or by fax to (202) 547-6450. All applications will be notified of receipt.

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