The Utah Association of Conservation Districts is the state voice for Utah's 38 conservation districts
and works to educate and support the work of 190 locally elected supervisors and their staff.
District Supervisors Invited to Brainstorming Workshop
On June 24, the state released an audit on UACD and the conservation districts. A supervisor from each district is invited to attend a workshop in Salt Lake City on July 29-30, 2014 to discuss the audit findings and recommendations. To read Commissioner Adam's letter and for more detailed workshop information, click here. The following links provide documents for your review. A Performance of Audit of the Governance of Conservation Districts, June 2014. -- Department of Agriculture and Food In-Depth Budget Review, December 2012.
Leopold Award Accepting Applications
The Utah Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award. The nomination deadline is August 1, 2014. For additional details, click here.
Upcoming UACD Convention
The 2014 Annual UACD Convention will be held on November 13-15, 2014 at the Davis County Convention Center in Layton, Utah. Keynote speakers will be Bruce Vincent and Karen Budd Falen. Entertainment will be provided by Catherine Carlson.
Bruce Vincent is a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. During the past 20 years, he has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs. Click here for more information.
Karen Budd Falen is a western law attorney from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She previously served for three years in the Reagan Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. Karen now represents private property owners, ranching and farming organizations, and local governments. Click here for more information.
A graduate of Utah State University’s vocal performance program, Catherine Carlson has been singing and performing on stage since she was eight years old. She has sung a wide variety of music from country to opera and performed in community theater productions and recitals from Draper to Roy, most recently in Davis Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. She will be joined by pianist Debbie Cannon and Brett Rogers on the guitar.
Utah Legislature Update
During the 2014 general session, UACD gave input to several bills and appropriations. Senate Bill 73, Sub 03: Agricultural Environment Amendments passed, included storage as eligible for ARDL, and gave definition to the ACES program. House Bill 370: Canal Safety Amendments passed and said the DWR "may" contract with CDs, as irrigation convenyance inventories must be completed by 2017. CDs recieved funding to assist canals with safety plans. House Bill 03: Appropriations Adjustments supplemented or reduced appropriations previously provided, provided budget increases and decreases, and provided funds for the bills with fiscal impact passed in the 2014 general session. For information on other bills passed this session, visit the Utah State Legislature website.
Updated UACD Resolutions
UACD's policy positions are updated annually during the business session at the UACD Convention. The most recent business session was held November 7, 2013. Click here to view the updated policy position booklet.