President Updates

2016 Annual Report

Thank you all for the opportunity to continue to serve as the NCDEA President, and I hope you enjoy this Annual Report that provides a brief overview of just some of the activities and accomplishments of NCDEA across the nation in 2016.

In the 2015 NCDEA Annual report; I stated that 2016 was to be a year that the NCDEA Board stayed committed to the following important initiatives:

Professional development opportunities for district employees

ü  NRCS Boot Camp attendance by District Employees

ü  Symposia Breakout session for District Employees and others at the 2016 NACD                          Annual Meeting

ü  NCDEA Board visited 6 Conservation Districts in Colorado in conjunction with the 2016            NCDEA Mid-Year Meeting in Denver

  • Recognition of outstanding district employees and board members and scholarship awards

ü  Awards presented at 2016 NACD/NCDEA Annual Meeting

ü  Don Aron Scholarship Award presented

  • Continuation of the quarterly meetings and collaborations as a member of the National Conservation Partnership (NCP)

ü  In 2016, with the implementation of the NRCS Mission Support Services (MSS), the NCP            began developing approaches to address the many topics involved such as LinkPass,                Training, etc.

ü  Continued participation on the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) Initiative       including serving on the Leadership Team and all five Action Teams

  • Representation as participants and leaders on NACD, NRCS, and NCP committees and task forces

ü  All standing committee representation continued, and added; NACD Farm Bill Task Force,          Urban Agricultural Conservation Initiative Grant Selection Team, NACD Public Lands RPG,          NACD Tribal Outreach and Partnership RPG

ü  Continued presence as the NCP Representative on the NRCS Employee Development                Board

ü  Attendance and participation during individual state employees meetings and regional conferences

ü  Coordination of tours and employee reception in conjunction with the NACD Annual Meeting

ü  Moderation of a majority of the breakout sessions of the NACD Annual Meeting

ü  Core sponsor of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon including serving on the Board of        Trustees

As you will note by the checkmarks, we were successful in meeting or exceeding our expectations for each initiative, but of course your NCDEA Board did not stop there; we also added work on the NCPP and MSS items mentioned above under the NCP bullet, visited and met with the 6 District’s in CO in June, and also prepared a new NCDEA Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.  Please take the opportunity to read this new plan as it will guide NCDEA over the next four years as “the nationally recognized network of professionals dedicated to the delivery of conservation.”

I look forward to a very successful 2017 for NCDEA and all of our partners.

On behalf of NCDEA, thank you for your continued support for the entire conservation partnership and the role district employees play in it. 

Tim Riley, President NCDEA


All information regarding the ongoing work of NCDEA is disseminated through the NCDEA communications network by the NCDEA Regional Representatives and Board Members.  This communications network includes many strong state district employee associations that are actively working to advance and support the professionalism of district employees throughout the country, a function of the NCDEA mission. 

Please note that there are current vacancies for Regional Representatives in the Pacific and the Southwest regions.  The NCDEA Board is working to fill these vacancies, and welcome all suggestions you may have to assist in this effort.  For this or any other questions/suggestions/input you may have for your NCDEA organization, please do not hesitate to contact your regional representative, Rich Duesterhaus, NCDEA Executive Director (rich-duesterhaus@nacdnet.org) or myself (timothy.riley@state.de.us).

Sincerely,
NATIONAL CONSERVATION DISTRICT EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

Timothy M. Riley
NCDEA President
Dover, Delaware


 

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