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Conservogram: Soil and Water Conservation Society in action.

Choose your delegates early

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Board of Director's is asking that chapters choose their delegates for the upcoming annual conference early. In the past, delegates have not been chosen until immediately before the conference, which limits the amount of background information the participants can receive prior to the meeting. Participants then do not have the necessary information to make the most of the experience.

Jeff Vonk, SWCS vice-president, will conduct the House of Delegate's meeting at the upcoming annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. Board of Directors want to encourage delegates to participate because a significant portion of the agenda will include a discussion of the future purpose, structure, and process for the House of Delegate functions in 2005 and beyond. The tentative schedule is to hold the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday morning, July 25, 2004. Be sure to select a chapter delegate at your next chapter business meeting. Email the name of your delegate to your regional director.

Australian delegation visits headquarters

October 24, a delegation of four officials from the Australian Landcare movement visited the Soil and Water Conservation Society's headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa. The group was on an extensive tour of the United States and discussed with staff the similarities and differences of our two countries conservation practices and policies.

Moderators for annual conference are needed

Moderators are being sought for the concurrent sessions at the upcoming annual conference. All interested in participating in this capacity are asked to contact Nancy Herselius at (515) 289-2331, extension 17, or nancy.herselius@swcs.org. Please indicate which of the four topic areas you would prefer to act as moderator.

1) Soil and Environmental Quality

2) Agricultural Management and Environmental Quality

3) Assessing the Effectiveness of Conservation and Environmental Programs

4) Geo-spatial Technology for Conservation--Soil, Water, and Land

Slate of Board of Director nominees is set

The Soil and Water Conservation Society Nominations Committee has delivered a strong set of candidates to fill positions for the Board of Directors. There are six positions up for election for a three-year term (one year for the student representative).

The ballots will be mailed out to members in February and will be due back in the office by March 12, 2004.

At-Large position:

* Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant (IL) -- Extension/Research Specialist University of Illinois

* Leonard Jordan (GA) -- NRCS State Conservationist

* John Parish (Canada) -- Private Sector: Director, Geomorphic Ltd. And Research Training, Inc.

Northeast:

* Melvin Womack (DC) -- NRCS National Office

* Jim Hotaling (NY) -- Executive director Cayuga SWCD

Northern Plains:

* Rod Heitschmidt (MT) -- Research Leader, ARS

* Jim Jacobs (WY) -- University of Wyoming

* Steve Oltmans (NE) -- General manager, Papio--MO River NRD

East North Central:

* Rebecca Fletcher (IN) -- NRCS RC & D Coordinator

* David Hanselmann (OH) -- Chief, Soil and Water Division, Ohio DNR

Southeast:

* Walt Douglas (SC) -- NRCS State Conservationist

* Theo Dillaha (VA) -- Professor, Virginia Tech

* Mark Risse (GA) -- Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Student:

* Scott Stanfill (GA) -- Junior at University of Georgia

* Eric Riedemann (WI) -- Junior at University of Wisconsin

Bridging conservation science with practice

The Soil and Water Conservation Society is providing a vital bridge for today's conservation professional. The Society provides members with opportunities to connect with natural resource professionals in forestry, soil science, water quality, climate change, planning, landscape architecture, wetland restoration, and more. This diverse professional organization connects the academic with the practitioner--bridging the science with the practice.

Our most recent projects contribute valuable information to such causes as the conservation title of the Farm Bill, federal spending on working land conservation, and climate change.

JOIN US as we provide a bridge for the conservation professional! Become a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society at www.swcs.org/t_membership_bene.htm (515) 289-2331; or swcs@swcs.org.

Executive director keynotes session

On December 2, the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Executive Director, Craig Cox, delivered a presentation at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders conference in San Francisco. He spent the day working with attendees on how foundations can best fund work in public policy to advance their agendas.

The Conservogram is the monthly email newsletter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. These pages give an overview of the many Society accomplishments that are often reported in the newsletter. To sign up for the email version, go to www.swcs.org.

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January 28-30, 2004

Missouri Natural Resources Conference 2004

Show-Me Chapter--Soil and Water Conservation Society

Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, MO -- "Voyages of Discovery for the Next Millennium" is the theme of this premier Midwest conference that deals with current natural resources issues and their wise management. Sponsored by Missouri chapters of the Society of American Foresters, the American Fisheries Society, the Wildlife Society and the Soil and Water Conservation Society, this conference plays host to over 1,000 natural resource professionals annually promoting cooperation among resource professionals, landowners, and agencies and fostering a forum for the exchange of information and ideas. In additional to the plenary session that will feature a presentation by Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Robert Barker of Living History Associates, Ltd.), the conference will host a student job fair, workshops and technical sessions, vendor exhibits and new this year, a technical trading blanket and 5-K conference fun run. The annual banquet will recognize professional colleagues and citizens for their contributions to natural resources.

For information and registration details, check the conference website at www.mnnrc.org or contact Mike Hoffmann at 573-522-4115, ext. 3307.

February 17-18, 2004

Introduction to Stream Restoration Using Natural Channel Design Georgia Chapter

Athens, GA -- The Georgia Chapter, in cooperation with the University of Georgia Engineering Outreach Service, will hold this workshop aimed at engineers and managers, agency personnel, professionals and consultants, and other interested individuals at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This workshop will introduce principles of fluvial geomorphology--the science of stream channel dynamics. Participants will learn about stream processes related to channel formation, field assessment, techniques to identify bankfull stage, the Rosgen classification system for natural streams, channel evolution, and restoration options for impaired streams. The lead instructor for the 1 1/2 day workshop is Dr. Greg Jennings, P.E., of North Carolina State University. The workshop has been approved for 12 continuing education units and professional development hours. Registration information can be found on the website at: www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences.

February 18-19, 2004

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Academy--Georgia Chapter

Athens, GA -- The Georgia Chapter, in cooperation with the University of Georgia Engineering Outreach Service, will hold this workshop aimed at engineers and managers, agency personnel, professionals and consultants, and other interested individuals at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The academy will address the issues of design technique effectiveness, site considerations, and which best management practices work the best. BMPs discussed include stormwater wetlands, bio-retention and level spreaders, as well as knowledge about the functions, regulations, engineering standards, and vegetative requirements of stormwater BMPs. The lead instructor for the 1 1/2 day workshop is Dr. Bill Hunt, P.E., from North Carolina State University. He is currently the North Carolina Extension specialist for urban stormwater engineering. The workshop has been approved for 12 continuing education units and professional development hours.

Registration information can be found on the website at www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences.
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