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Re: How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

Tova Tillinghast
 

Hello,

We have several project permit applications in the hopper with USACE, NMFS/NOAA, and USFS.  We’re waiting on them for responses and approvals, and if this federal shutdown continues, our progress will be delayed.  These permits are for projects we intend to have go to bid in March and construction in July; I really hope our irrigation efficiency and instream habitat projects won’t be thrown off-course due to federal employees being unavailable to review and approve our permits!

 

 

Tova B. Tillinghast

District Manager

Underwood Conservation District

Office: 509.493.1936

PO Box 96, 170 NW Lincoln St.

White Salmon, WA 98672

www.ucdwa.org

 

 

From: ncdea@groups.io [mailto:ncdea@groups.io] On Behalf Of Pacific NCDEA
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 12:39 PM
To: ncdea@groups.io
Subject: [ncdea] How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

 

How is your conservation district being impacted by the federal shutdown?  Please share!

I didn't think mine would feel it, but it turns out that a large property acquisition we are pursuing is at risk because the "Yellow Book" appraisal can't be reviewed by federal employees because they are furloughed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  And feeling some empathy for our federal partners.

Tom 

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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Re: How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

George <gboggs@...>
 

We have a robust CREP program.  Since FSA is an integral partner, landowners and staff have not been able to conduct business for e.g. processing new enrollments.  This is a nuisance but, not a huge barrier.  Our contracts/projects for 2019 planting have been in place before now.  HOPEFULLY, things will get on track before the planting has been done and the contractors start submitting invoices for payment.  If not, that put people in a real financial pinch as site prep/planting is about $5k/acre.  Our NRCS colleagues have been able to stay on the job as they have some excess funding that had been obligated and allowed to be applied to salaries.

 

As perhaps folks are unaware, there was a 6 month delay in the adoption of a Washington State Capital Budget.  We had to lay off one person and many others voluntarily took accrued leave to help stretch the budget.  There were not any back payments as has historically been the case when our federal partners have been furloughed.  Not jealous but not feeling a lot of sympathy is warranted if they end up with a paid vacation.   

 

Geo

 

From: ncdea@groups.io <ncdea@groups.io> On Behalf Of Pacific NCDEA
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2019 12:39 PM
To: ncdea@groups.io
Subject: [ncdea] How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

 

How is your conservation district being impacted by the federal shutdown?  Please share!

I didn't think mine would feel it, but it turns out that a large property acquisition we are pursuing is at risk because the "Yellow Book" appraisal can't be reviewed by federal employees because they are furloughed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  And feeling some empathy for our federal partners.

Tom 

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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
pacificrep@...

Re: How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

Craig Nelson
 

Direct impact on CD operations hasn't happened...yet.  We anticipate some projects getting to a point of no return and having to suspend operations on a project by project basis.  However, this shutdown has been different than previous shutdowns in that most of our grantors have authorized us to continue working on projects.  We just can't submit payment requests for most of them or get direction when faced with any problems since the federal employees are furloughed.  

Landowners are being impacted by FSA having shut down operations in the last few days.  Folks wanting payments on programs, work on loan issues, and such don't have anyone to work with.  Shutdowns are a major inconvenience early on, but can quickly escalate into full scale problems.

Craig Nelson, Okanogan CD

Re: How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

Monte Marti
 

Nothing yet.  We have a meeting planned with NRCS on Monday ~~ so more to come (potentially).

Thank you.


Monte Marti

District Manager

Snohomish Conservation District
monte@...

425-377-7001

425-359-3085 (cell)


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On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 12:38 PM Pacific NCDEA <pacificrep@...> wrote:
How is your conservation district being impacted by the federal shutdown?  Please share!

I didn't think mine would feel it, but it turns out that a large property acquisition we are pursuing is at risk because the "Yellow Book" appraisal can't be reviewed by federal employees because they are furloughed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  And feeling some empathy for our federal partners.

Tom 

--
Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
pacificrep@...

How are you being impacted by the federal shutdown?

Pacific NCDEA
 

How is your conservation district being impacted by the federal shutdown?  Please share!

I didn't think mine would feel it, but it turns out that a large property acquisition we are pursuing is at risk because the "Yellow Book" appraisal can't be reviewed by federal employees because they are furloughed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  And feeling some empathy for our federal partners.

Tom 

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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
pacificrep@...

Re: Let's create a community!

Pacific NCDEA
 

Thank you back!  Please do spread the word about this resource.  It becomes more valuable with more members participating.  I believe it will be included on NCDEA's new website, too, to help increase participation.
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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Re: Please introduce yourself

Jay Udelhoven
 

Hi all,

I'm the District Manager at the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, located in and around the Portland area in Northwestern Oregon. We're a small district geographically (230,000 acres), but relatively big in terms of the number of people we serve (~700,000). I've been here about 4.5 years. Prior to this position I worked for The Nature Conservancy and several government agencies within and outside of the United States.

Happy to be a part of this group and learning from you all.

Jay Udelhoven
Phone: 503-935-5352
Email: jay@...

Re: Please introduce yourself

Craig Nelson
 

Hello everyone.

My name is Craig Nelson and I'm the District Manager for the Okanogan Conservation District in North Central Washington State.  I have been in this position for almost exactly 22 years.  I have served in several leadership roles within conservation district land ranging from nearly every executive officer position for the Washington Association of District Employees.  Furthermore, I served for a little over a year as the employee representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts Natural Resource Policy Group.  Other leadership roles have included Chair of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (of which I am a graduate of Class 27), President of the North Central Washington RC&D, several committees of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and the Washington State Conservation Commission.  Finally, I spent time serving as a city council member for the City of Okanogan (Washington) and am currently the President of the Okanogan Athletic Booster Club.  

Prior to coming to the Okanogan CD, I served as a Natural Resource Technician for the Kittitas County Conservation District for a little under a year.  Prior to that I served first as an intern for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service before a temporary stint as a Cartographic Aid for the same agency.  

In my personal time, I take photos of Okanogan High School and Middle School athletics and cheer for my sons and other local student athletes, and travel with my wife who is my high school sweetheart.  

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Craig Nelson, Okanogan Conservation District Manager
craig@...

Re: Let's create a community!

Vicki Lukehart
 

Love the idea, hope this takes off! Great job!

Please introduce yourself

Pacific NCDEA
 

Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the group.  It's easier to have good interactions when we know who we are interacting with!

I'll start.  

I was appointed to the NCDEA Board of Directors as the Pacific Region Representative in May 2017.  In October 2017, I was appointed to serve as one of two NCDEA representatives on the National Association of Conservation District‘s Tribal Outreach and Partnership Resource Policy Group.  I also chair NCDEA’s Communications Committee and sit on the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Communications Committee.

I have worked with and for conservation districts since 1992, managing district operations and providing statewide help on governance, technology, and accountability issues. My first conservation district was Ferry Conservation District in northeast Washington State.  I have been a board director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and the president of the Washington Association of District Employees.

Following my Ferry CD time, I worked for more than 12 years for the Washington State Conservation Commission.  

Today I'm the General Manager for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.

Prior to my conservation career, I was an economic geologist specializing in gold and silver deposits.  I worked in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, and Indonesia.

I love to sail and am an amateur radio operator, license KJ7T.

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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Re: Let's create a community!

Pacific NCDEA
 

Thank you early adopters!  Please spread the word!  The more of our peers we can get involved, the better help and ideas we'll get as we talk about our conservation district challenges, opportunities, and successes.

Thank you!

Tom

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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Re: Let's create a community!

Sarah Moorehead
 

Great idea - thanks Tom!

Let's create a community!

Pacific NCDEA
 

This is the first post to the NCDEA group.  Let's create a community!  This begins at the national level, but if there is sufficient interest, we can create sub-groups at the regional and even state levels.  Please do share your knowledge and help your fellow conservation district employees be even more successful!