Rudolph represents Wisconsin at national conservation meeting
Tom Rudolph, chair of the Oneida County Conservation/UW Extension Committee, represented the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association (WLWCA) at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2013 Annual Meeting, Jan. 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas. Based on the theme “Conservation: Proud Past, Positive Future,” the 67th NACD Annual Meeting reflected on the roots of conservation districts and looked ahead to the future of conservation in America.
“It was an honor and a privilege to represent the conservation committees and departments of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and to hear from leaders of federal conservation partner agencies addressing challenges we face such as drought, soil erosion, wildfire, extreme weather, and water quality and quantity in our future conservation efforts across America,” Rudolph said.
The NACD 2013 Annual Meeting featured 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 speakers included Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas); 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 CEO; 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.
Rudolph serves on the executive committee of the WLWCA and is on the NACD National Board of Directors.
NACD is the 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.
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