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February Newsletter

Message from Your Board President

Hello Conservation Colleagues!

This a busy time for OACD, as we work through the short legislative session and participate in the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.  This week we sent Jan Lee and Jeff Rola, OACD Vice President, to attend the NACD meeting and learn about available funding opportunities, national programming that we can bring to Oregon, and new technologies and best practices that our colleagues throughout the country are working to develop.  Having a voice at the national level also ensures that Oregon’s unique landscape and associated land use challenges are understood and that our national policies reflect our needs. Stay tuned for additional information about the NACD conference in the coming weeks.

Jan Lee and I would like to express our deep gratitude for Anna Freitas for her service.  Anna is moving on from OACD at the end of spring; we greatly appreciate her support through our organizational updates, and in particular, her work in improving our communications as well as our legislative engagement. We will miss Anna and wish her all the best in her next endeavor.  Please read below for a personal message from Anna.

Lastly, please join me in welcoming our new OACD board member Jason Faucera!  Jason has a long history of conservation work in Oregon and we are excited to have his knowledge and skills represented on our board.  Our organization is made better by new engagement and diverse perspectives; please learn more about Jason below!

Serving our Conservation Districts,

Terri Preeg Riggsby, OACD President, 971-404-4909