Last year at the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in New Orleans, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the National Conservation Partnership, which included several national conservation agencies. Following the signing, state-level associations were encouraged to follow suit. At the recent 2016 NCASWCD Annual Meeting, leadership from our core conservation partnerships came together to sign a MOA for North Carolina, which will encourage strong partnerships that will help lead us to increased productivity and advancement of our state’s natural resources.
Although our state association is involved with numerous organizations that work with conservation initiatives at varying levels, the core agencies represented at the signing have a strong goal to establish conservation efforts together that address local, state, and national natural resource priorities at the highest levels.
In November of last year, leadership from each of the core North Carolina conservation agency partners collaborated to help finalize the partnership agreement.
The following agency partner representatives signed the official MOA at the annual meeting:
Manly West, President, North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
John Langdon, Chairman, North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Rick McSwain, President, North Carolina Conservation District Employees Association
Jimmy Gentry, President, North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation
Robert Watts, President, North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Association
Pat Harris, Director, North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation
Timothy Beard, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
We look forward to continuing this strong conservation partnership into the future.