Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Hold 78th Annual State MeetingFri, 04 Mar 2016 08:53:38 CST
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) held its annual meeting February 28-March 1, 2016. More than 300 individuals gathered at the Reed Center in Midwest City to plan for future projects and honor conservation leaders throughout the state.
"The meeting was a great opportunity for district directors, employees and conservation partners to come together to learn about new opportunities in Oklahoma," said Steve House, OACD president.
General session speakers included Terry Detrick, president of American Farmers and Ranchers, who emphasized the importance of conservation work on the local level and Bill Buckner, chief executive officer of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, who spoke about the soil health movement being the next chapter for conservation districts. In addition, Andy Commer from the Army Corps of Engineers provided information for private landowners about the Waters of the United States Act. Breakout session topics included wetlands management, upstream flood control structures and the USDA-NRCS Monarch Initiative.
The following awards were presented at the annual event:
Conservation Hall of Fame: Karl Jett, Beaver County Conservation District Director and Conservation Commissioner.
Friend of Conservation Award: The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Natural Resources Conservation District board of directors Ed Mouss, Robin Jenkins and Bob Davis for their creation of a new conservation district and partnership.
President's Award: Kim Farber, Garfield County Conservation District Director and former OACD President.
Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship: The first annual scholarships were presented in honor of former Oklahoma Conservation Commission executive director Mike Thralls. Two students each received $500 awards to pursue a degree at Oklahoma State University in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources. Recipients were Barrett Cosby of Buffalo, Okla. and Kellan Dean Hostetler of Billings, Okla.
OACD members elected the following officers:
President - Steve House, Blaine County Conservation District
First Vice President - Jimmy Emmons, Dewey County Conservation District
Vice President - Larry Wright, Deer Creek Conservation District
Vice President - Bill Jordan, Garvin County Conservation District
Additional board members include Everett Wollenberg of McClain County Conservation District, Dale Jenkins of Hughes County Conservation District, Bryant Reeves of Greer County Conservation District, Elmer Maddux of Woodward County Conservation District and Marty Hern of Adair County Conservation District.
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is a private, nonprofit organization representing conservation districts across the state and individual members dedicated to protecting our state's natural resources and improving the environment. For more information visit www.okconservation.org.
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