Next week marks a major milestone for a major Kansas conservation organization – the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary during its annual convention in Wichita Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-25.
Formed in 1944, KACD is a nonprofit association that provides education and information pertaining to the conservation of soil, water, air, plants and animals. KACD and similar organizations were the first resources for farmers and ranchers attempting to recover from the ravages of the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s and the Great Depression.
The association's membership is comprised of elected supervisors and employees of the state's 105 county conservation districts, which play a major role in delivering federal farm bill programs as well as state and local natural resources programs.
"We're proud of KACD's long history of working with our partners on the local, state, and national levels to prioritize strong conservation practices in Kansas," said KACD President Bevin Law of Longford in Clay County. "It is critically important not only to the state's economy but also to our quality of life."
Earl Garber, president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, will present the keynote address at the banquet on Monday evening. The annual dinner will also include the presentation of several conservation awards.
KACD Executive Director Pat Lehman expects this year's convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport to draw several hundred participants. "KACD's annual conference gives us a valuable opportunity to focus our state's conservation efforts," he said. "County conservation district supervisors and managers always look forward to gaining the latest information and networking with their fellow conservation officials."
For more information, please contact the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts headquarters in Lawrence at 785-832-9400 or visit the association's website at www.kacdnet.org.