WASHINGTON, DC—Jan. 10, 2013— The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is hosting its 2013 Annual Meeting, January 27-30 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Based on the theme, "Conservation: Proud Past, Positive Future," the 67th Annual Meeting will reflect on the roots of conservation districts and look ahead to the future of conservation in America.
The 2013 NACD Annual Meeting will feature keynote speaker Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of six books, including The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction. The Worst Hard Time chronicles the unparalleled dust storms in the High Plains during the Great Depression. This fall, Egan served as the main on-screen narrator for filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS documentary about the Dust Bowl.
Other confirmed speakers include: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Jason Weller, Acting Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency; Gene Schmidt, NACD President; John Larson, NACD Chief Executive Officer; David Lamm, Soil Conservationist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center; Tom Martin, CEO, American Forest Foundation; and Tim Wigley, President of the Western Energy Alliance.
The meeting will offer a wide range of informative sessions and networking opportunities.
In addition, there will be a Conservation Expo showcasing the latest programs, products and technologies in conservation from partners across the country.
Also, during the meeting, the NACD Board will elect new NACD Officers for 2013 – 2014.
The National Association of Conservation Districts is a non-profit organization that represents the nation's 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices.