05-17-16 NACD TESTIFIES IN HOUSE HEARING ON REGULATION AND VOLUNTARY SOLUTIONS

 NACD TESTIFIES IN HOUSE HEARING ON REGULATION AND VOLUNTARY SOLUTIONS

NACD_Logo_200WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016— On May 17, NACD President Lee McDaniel testified in a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry on voluntary conservation solutions to environmental challenges. McDaniel highlighted the importance of locally-led conservation to long term environmental and economic stability and NACD’s conservation priorities. 

“Time and time again, the collaborative, locally-led conservation approach is shown to work well addressing a variety of resource concerns, including water quality, air quality, and wildlife habitat protection,” said McDaniel. “NACD has many success stories where regulations were mitigated or avoided because of the work of voluntary conservation efforts.” These successes include conservation districts using the Environmental Protection Agency section 319 nonpoint source grants coupled with farm bill conservation programs to improve waters on the 303(d) list of impaired waters, utilizing the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program to bring together new partners to put conservation on the ground, and restoring habitat of the New England Cottontail and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. He also stressed the significant role conservation districts play in conservation delivery and the importance of conservation planning. 

Other witnesses included: Celia Gould, Director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture; Patrick O’Toole, President of the Family Farm Alliance; and Terry McClure, President of McClure Farms LLC. Click here for President McDaniel’s full testimony. Click here for more information on the hearing, including a full list of witnesses. An archived webcast of the hearing is available on the committee’s YouTube channel.

The National Association of Conservation Districts 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. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.