11-22-16 CACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting Recap


The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ 2016 Annual Meeting was held last week, November 14th through 16th, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CACD’s theme this year was “Conservation in Colorado – Navigating Our Future”.  Speakers this year included:  Les Owen, the new CO Department of Ag’s Conservation Services Director; Lee McDaniel, the President of the National Association of Conservation Districts; Jeff Burwell, NACD’s Western Issues Specialist; and Clint Evans, CO’s State Conservationist with NRCS. Also present for six unique Breakout Sessions were, John Stulp, Policy Advisor to the Governor and Water and Chairman of the Colorado IBCC; Elizabeth Garner, State Demographer with the CO Department of Local Affairs; Travis Holland, Chief Accounting Advisor with Anadarko Petroleum; and Carly Jacobs, Budget Analyst with the CO Department of Natural Resources.  Jeff Wasden, President of the Colorado Business Roundtable, was the Keynote speaker at the Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, with Don Hijar of Pawnee Buttes Seed acting as emcee for the 2016 Awards Banquet Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.

CACD was proud to honor their 2016 Conservationists of the Year! Gardner Farms from the West Otero/Timpas Conservation District won the award in the Farming Division, with Rocky and Sparky Pappas from the White River Conservation District winning in the Ranching Division. The Deer Trail FFA Chapter won for their great project work in the 2016 Small Acreage Division.  CACD would like to again thank all of their 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors for supporting CACD at this year’s event.

The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts serves as the unified voice for the seventy-six Conservation Districts and their private landowners from around the state, with their Annual Meeting attended by farmers, ranchers, private land owners, agricultural and natural resource conservation stakeholders.  Follow up information can be found under the Education and Events tab on CACD’s website at, www.coloradoacd.org, or by contacting Sharon Pattee, Executive Director of the CACD, at (719) 686-0020 or spattee4cacd@gmail.com