2024 WACD Annual Conference & Business Meeting

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Conference News

July 8, 2024: Calling all Sponsors
WACD invites past sponsors to once again invest in conservation. No need to gamble, WACD’s Annual Conference is a “safe bet” for Sponsors!
June 1, 2024: Planning has Begun
WACD staff have started developing the conference agenda. We are feeling lucky!
April 3, 2024: Venue Contract Signed
On April 3rd the venue contract was signed and submitted to Northern Quest.
December 4, 2023: Location Selected
The WACD Board of Directors has selected the Northern Quest Resort and Casino as the location for WACD’s 2024 annual conference and business meeting.

Conservation: Getting To Yes

Schedule

Download a PDF version of the WACD 2023 Conference Schedule.

Schedule for Sunday, November 26, 2023

Sunday Evening

6:00 – 8:00 PM Casual Dinner
Similar to last years’ unplanned outing, WACD has reserved a room at Bob’s Classic Brass & Brews and will be paying for the food of those who need to arrive early for the conference. 

Schedule for Monday, November 27, 2023

Monday Morning

Monday morning is oriented to the new Supervisors and new Managers in our community – Golden Delicious Room

9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome from State Leadership, Initial thoughts, Q&A

9:30 – 10:30 AM Breakout Sessions:

  • Legislative Process and Engagement by WACD Lobbyist Brynn Brady
  • Discussion on Governance Roles for Board and Staff
  • Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid of Roberts Rules of Order (or How to have a Fun with Parliamentary Procedure) by Ryan Baye

10:00 – 11:30 AM – Special Virtual Presentation hosted by WDFW on Washington Shrubsteppe Restoration and Resiliency Initiative. (click here to join)

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break

10:50 – 11:50 AM – Breakout sessions for New Supervisors and New Managers


Monday Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch for morning session participants w/WDFW Lands Division Manager Cynthia Wilkerson – Grand Apple Ballroom


Monday Afternoon

Monday afternoon is about Conservation Districts and the 2024 Legislative Session

1:00 – 1:45 PM Legislative Panel with Rep. Mike Chapman (D- Port Angeles) & invited Rep. Mike Steele (R- Chelan) – Orchard Hall South

1:45 – 2:15 PM FSA Executive Director Jon Wyss – Orchard Hall South

2:15 – 2:30 PM Break

2:30 – 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions on Natural Resource Topics

2:30 – 3:00 PM WSU Least-Conflict Solar Siting Study presented by Karen Janowitz – Orchard Hall South

2:30 – 3:00 PM DNR Carbon Project presented by Csenka Favorini-Csorba – Golden Delicious

2:30 – 3:00 PM Burrowing Shrimp and Green Crab on Washington’s Coast presented by Mike Nordin – Gala 1

3:00 – 3:15 PM Break

3:15 – 3:45 PM Virtual Fencing presented by Jordan Ryckman – Gala 1

3:15 – 3:45 PM Ecology Cap and Invest Program presented by Jihan Grettenberger and Adrian Young – Orchard Hall South

3:15 – 3:45 PM 6PPD-quinone in the Puget Sound presented by Tanya Williams – Golden Delicious

4:00 – 4:45 PM Presentation/Discussion on 2024 Legislative Priorities w/Brynn Brady & Tom Salzer, and WACD’s Approach – Orchard Hall South

4:45 – 5:15 PM Commissioner Candidate Forum for Central Area Representative – Orchard Hall South


Monday Evening

6:30 – 8:30 PM WACD Awards Dinner & Supervisor Recognition – Grand Apple Ballroom

Schedule for Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tuesday Morning

7:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet – Grand Apple Ballroom

Tuesday morning is the General Session for all
8:30 – 9:00 AM State Leadership Welcome – Orchard Hall South

  • Sarah Groth, Washington State Conservation Commission
  • Roylene Comes at Night, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Michael Crowder & Caleb Griffin, National Association of Conservation Districts
  • Mike Mumford, Pend Oreille Conservation District

9:00 – 9:30 AM “Why We Said Yes to Conservation”, a cooperator panel. – Orchard Hall South

9:30 – 10:30 AM Dr. Sutton, Cultivating Effective Outreach While Staying True to Your Mission – Orchard Hall South

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 – 12:00 PM District Operations Breakout Sessions

10:45 – 11:15 AM Social Media and How to do it Better with Laura Meyer and Nate Gallahan – Orchard Hall South

10:45 – 11:15 AM Learning about Successful RCPPs a Panel Discussion with Walt Edelen, Jennifer Boie, & NRCS Staff – Golden Delicious

10:45 – 11:15 AM District Office Buildings presented by Vicki Carter – Gala 1

11:15 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 12:00 PM Strategic Planning for Impact presented by Josh Monaghan – Golden Delicious

11:30 – 12:00 PM Sharing District Resources with Renee Hadley and Zorah Oppenheimer – Gala 1

11:30 – 12:00 PM Why I serve, an Associate Supervisor Panel with Pauline Hagen and Randy Kelly – Orchard Hall South


Tuesday Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 PM Luncheon w/WFFA Executive Elaine Oneil – Grand Apple Ballroom


Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday afternoon features the Washington State Conservation Commission – Orchard Hall South

1:00 – 2:45 PM WSCC Updates

  • Executive Director
  • Legislative/Budget
  • Communications
  • Existing Programs Overview
  • Riparian Programs
  • SFF
  • Disaster/Fire/Forest/CWR Programs Update

2:45 – 3:00 PM Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM Enduris Presentation

4:00 – 5:00 PM Board Self Evaluations Panel

5:00 – 6:00 PM Washington Conservation Society Annual Meeting – Red Delicious


Tuesday Evening

6:00 – 8:30 PM Dinner Banquet & Envirothon Auction – Grand Apple Ballroom

Schedule for Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Wednesday – WACD Annual Business Meeting

8:00 – 9:00 AM Buffet Breakfast – Grand Apple Ballroom

2023 Business Meeting – Orchard Hall

Annual Business Meeting Zoom Information

Zoom Link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85052403653?pwd=UDJORGJuV1FJL1Z5RHkrZTlnMGRSUT09

Zoom Number: (253) 215 8782

Meeting ID: 850 5240 3653 | Passcode: 199848

  • 9:00 AM – Meeting called to Order/Roll Call of Member Districts
  • 9:10 AM – Rules of Order & Meeting Procedures Briefing
  • 9:20 AM – Approval of 2022 Business Meeting Minutes
  • 9:25 AM – Public Comment Period
  • 9:30 AM – Treasurer’s Report for FY2022 & Report on Current Fiscal Year
  • 9:40 AM – Plant Materials Center Status Report
  • 9:50 AM – Committee Reports
  • 10:00 AM – Resolutions as Recommended by the Natural Resources Policy Committee
  • 11:00 AM – Resolutions as Recommended by the Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch Recess – Grand Apple Ballroom

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • 12:30 PM – Resolutions (Continued)
  • 1:30 PM – Other Business (If necessary)
  • 1:45 PM – WACD Proposed Bylaw Changes (If necessary)
  • 2:30 PM – Election of WACD Officers 
    • Secretary (two-year term)
    • Treasurer (two-year term)
    • National Director (two-year term)
  • 3:00 PM – Tentative Business Meeting Adjournment
Schedule for Thursday, November 30, 2023

Thursday – WSCC Meeting

Speakers

Scroll down to learn more about our featured speakers!

Sponsors

We welcome our sponsors for the 2024 WACD Annual Conference! Sponsor support of the Annual Conference helps us hold costs down for members and partners, meaning more people can attend and participate. Sponsors also provide great value through the information they share with attendees and the relationships they form with members and partners.

Sponsorship levels

Sponsor level:CHAMPIONLEADERSUPPORTERFRIENDHELPER
Sponsorship value:$3,000 or more$1,500$750$250$100
Website (1 year):LogoLogoLogoLogoLogo
Newsletter (1 year):LogoLogoLogoLogoLogo
Conference materials:LogoLogoLogoLogo
Showcase videos:Up to 60 minutes of videoUp to 30 minutes of videoUp to 15 minutes of video
Sponsor table in hallway:Yes!Yes!Yes!
Session Introduction:Yes! Up to 10-minutesYes! Up to 5-minutes
Dedicated Zoom room:2 - 1 hour Zoom rooms1 - 1 hour Zoom room
Publish to the Hub: InvitedInvited

Sponsor descriptions

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Tapteal Native Plants

Tapteal Native PlantsHELPER sponsor

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Our mission: To support the interests of gardeners in the Mid-Columbia who enjoy the unique benefits both economical and ecological, of native, drought tolerant plants of Eastern Washington State. Find out more at https://www.taptealnativeplants.com/.

SpringbrookCHAMPION sponsor

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envu

envuLEADER sponsor

Envu is a new vision for a company built not from the ground up but on top of 50 years of environmental science experience. Our legacy products are at the core of our new identity and will remain central to all the innovations we will create moving forward. With the right ideas and technology, humanity and nature can bring out the best in one another. At Envu, that’s our mission. Every day, we’re finding breakthrough solutions to reduce threats, restore natural spaces, and respond to any challenge with confidence and precision. https://www.us.envu.com/
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USDA Farm Service AgencySUPPORTER sponsor

The Washington State Farm Service Agency serves the agricultural community through 25 county USDA service centers and one state office, located in Spokane. The Washington FSA State Committee and locally-elected county committees provide producer input to federal farm programs. FSA helps to ensure a stable food supply for the nation by supporting American farmers. This is accomplished through the implementation of farm programs authorized by Congress. https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Washington/index

Partners

Partner reports

Envirothon

Jump to the Envirothon site: https://waenvirothon.org/support-envirothon/auction/

Awards

Find information about WACD awards at https://wadistricts.org/wacd-awards.

Resolutions

WACD committees reviewed assigned resolutions and present one of three non-binding recommendations to the membership:

  • Vote to recommend passage
  • Vote to recommend passage with amendments; or,
  • Recommend Do-Not-Pass

Policy Committee Recommendations

WACD’s Natural Resources Policy Committee and Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee met on November 13th and 14th respectively to review the resolutions from the area meetings and vote on their respective committee recommendations. Sponsor districts and members were invited to participate in these discussions alongside the committee members.

These recommendations are non-binding, and serve solely as the opinion from some of the respected members of our community for the voters at the Annual Business meeting to consider. Click here for the full list of committee recommendations on the 2023 resolutions

Background Info on WACD Resolutions

Resolution assignments to WACD Committees

2023 Natural Resource Policy Committee Resolutions (Combined)

Natural Resources Policy Committee

 

2023 Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee Resolutions (Combined)

Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee

2023 Business Meeting

Zoom Information

Zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85052403653?pwd=UDJORGJuV1FJL1Z5RHkrZTlnMGRSUT09

Meeting ID: 850 5240 3653 | Passcode: 199848

Zoom number – (253) 215 8782

9:00 am – 11:30 am

  • 9:00 AM – Meeting called to Order/Roll Call of Member Districts
  • 9:10 AM – Rules of Order & Meeting Procedures Briefing
  • 9:20 AM – Approval of 2022 Business Meeting Minutes
  • 9:25 AM – Public Comment Period
  • 9:30 AM – Treasurer’s Report for FY2022 & Report on Current Fiscal Year
  • 9:40 AM – Plant Materials Center Status Report
  • 10:00 AM – Resolutions as Recommended by the Natural Resources Policy Committee (Resolution Table)
    • 2023-01 Improved Cost Share for virtual fence development (Foster Creek CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-02 WACD supports of the use of food-grade biochar as an additive to livestock feed to reduce methane production and greenhouse gas emissions and to improve soil and animal health (San Juan Islands CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-03 Reducing and Recycling Plastics in Agriculture and Natural Resources (Thuston CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-04 Agricultural, forest, and rangeland mitigation (North Yakima CD) –Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-05 Hydropower Position Statement (North Yakima CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-06 Interest-free conservation agriculture equipment loan program (Palouse CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-07 Carbon Conservation Stewardship Program (Palouse CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-08 Opposition to Removal or Breaching of the Four Lower Snake River Dams (Franklin CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-09 Solar and Wind Project Moratorium (North Central Area Association) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-10 Prohibition of Washington State Natural Resource Agencies Acquiring Land (Pacific CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
  • 11:00 AM – Resolutions as Recommended by the Legislative, Bylaws, and District Policies Committee (Resolution Table)
    • 2023-11 Multiple Year Plant Materials Contracts with Conservation Districts (Grays Harbor CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-12 – SCC SRF funding including planning and design funding (Pacific CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-13 – Cluster Archaeologist (Thuston CD & North Central Area Assn) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-14 – Communication about Fire Breaks in CRP (Walla Walla County CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-15 – Encouraging NRCS Field Office Staff Attendance at WACD Meetings (Okanogan CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-16 – Support Supplemental Funding to Conservation Commission (Okanogan CD) – Recommend Do Pass As Amended
    • 2023-17 – Support SCC supplemental budget requests (Palouse CD) – Recommend Do Pass)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Lunch Recess

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • 12:30 PM – Resolutions (Continued)
    • 2023-18 – Affirming and Empowering Locally Led Voluntary Conservation (Central Klickitat CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-19 – Fire Response through creation of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (Foster Creek CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-20 – Addressing VSP Management Issues (Okanogan CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-21- WACD, SCC, CD’s Summer/Fall Legislative Workshops (Pacific CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-22 – Cancelling of Farm Service Agency Contracts (Whitman CD) –
      Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-23 – Gaining CD Eligibility for RCO Land Acquisition Grants (Eastern Klickitat CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-24 – Washington State Coastal Marine Resources Committees Administration Change (Pacific CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-25 – CREP Contract Communication and Payment Inconsistency (Columbia CD) – Recommend Do Pass
    • 2023-26 – Conservation District and WA Dept. Ecology Alignment of Roles and Responsibilities (Mason CD, Stevens County CD, & WACD Livestock Committee) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
    • 2023-27 – RCO SRRF funding moved to SCC (Pacific CD) – Recommend Do Not Pass
    • 2023-28 – Dropping population criteria and removing per parcel maximum annual rate under RCW 89.08.405(3)(a) (Pierce CD) – Recommend Do Pass as Amended
  • 1:30 PM – Other Business (If necessary)
  • 1:45 PM – WACD Proposed Bylaw Changes (If necessary)
  • 2:30 PM – Election of WACD Officers 
    • Secretary (two-year term)
    • Treasurer (two-year term)
    • National Director (two-year term)
  • 3:00 PM – Tentative Business Meeting Adjournment

Recordings

Monday Afternoon Recording

Due to the technical difficulties experienced during Monday’s conference session, no recording is available at this time. WACD is working to recover a usable recording of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Successes and Challenges session.

Tuesday Morning Recording

This recording includes the Opening Session, the 2023 Farm Bill Session with NRCS Western Regional Conservationist Astor Boozer and NACD President Michael Crowder, and the 2023 Legislative Session Panel with Senator Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Tom Dent.

Tuesday Afternoon Recording

This recording includes the Conservation Commission’s programming block, including: a presentation by Enduris, a Food Policy Forum update, Commission Policy updates, updates on Washington water topics, and the Meet and Greet for the Western Regional Commissioner candidates.

Wednesday Recording

This recording covers the entirety of the 2022 WACD Business Meeting.

Sponsors

CHAMPIONS

Springbrook Express

WSCC

 

LEADERS

envu

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTERS

 

Fsa Color Lockup 4x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELPERS

Tapteal Native Plants