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locked Re: Should messages on the NCDEA Network be private or public? #poll

Monte Marti
 

I concur with Craig.

Thank you.


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On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 10:31 AM Craig Nelson <craig@...> wrote:
Tom,

I too feel that these should be open.  Coming from a state where all of our records (minus a very select few that are restricted due to mostly federal law) this doesn't bother me in the least.  We are all public service employees that are working to make our communities better.  Nothing breeds suspicion and contempt greater than secret conversations or societies.  If someone feels they need to ask a question that regards a subject that is delicate and probably shouldn't be discussed in public, I would suggest that they reach out directly to a member or two of this group or other reliable colleagues.  

My simple minded two cents worth.

Craig Nelson
Okanogan CD (Washington State)


locked Re: Should messages on the NCDEA Network be private or public? #poll

Gretchen Rank
 

Agreed!

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:08 AM Pacific NCDEA <pacificrep@...> wrote:
On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 07:55 AM, Pacific NCDEA wrote:

Hi folks.  From the limited responses, it seems clear that there is a desire to have conversations here not be visible to non-members.  I'm pretty sure that I understand some of the reasons why.

I have a counterview to propose for discussion: allowing non-members to read our discussions on the NCDEA Network.  My overarching concern is that we could accidentally create the perception that we are talking negatively about conservation district boards or operating in some fashion as a secretive union-type organization.  The union perception still lives on, by the way.  I end up having to address nearly every time I talk with district board members and some partners about NCDEA.

So the push-pull I see is more open and "to the point" discussions if the site was restricted vs. the risk of creating a false impression that NCDEA is a union.  

Personally, I'm on the fence and am willing to be guided by your advice.

Thank you,

Tom
 
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locked Re: Should messages on the NCDEA Network be private or public? #poll

Pacific NCDEA
 

Hey folks, I'm going to lock this poll a week from today, so by Friday, February 15, no more poll responses will be accepted.

For those who haven't weighed in, please do so.  Or comment on the poll.  We need your input as we roll this ball up the hill together!

Best,

Tom

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Comments about the 2019 NACD annual meeting?

Pacific NCDEA
 
Edited

Hi folks.  For those who attended the NACD meeting in San Antonio, do you have comments or feedback about the meeting?  This would help those of us who work directly with NACD on developing and delivering meeting content, and it would also help your peers in other conservation districts.

I'll start.  I have to say that the NACD annual meeting in San Antonio was one of the best NACD meetings I have ever attended.  The speakers and presentations were outstanding.  The schedule was full.  Our conservation district peers were engaged and engaging.
 
My work with NCDEA kept me very, very busy in San Antonio.  I arrived late on Friday, February 1.  From that moment I was on the go.
  • Saturday: Tribal RPG meeting and NCDEA board meeting.
  • Sunday: NACD Communications Committee, NACD Pacific Region meeting.
  • Monday: Opening general session.  I moderated a session on climate change.
  • Tuesday: NCDEA board meeting, another general session, NCDEA partnership luncheon.  I moderated a session on tribal partnerships.  Employee reception, then the appreciation banquet.
  • Wednesday: National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) symposium. 
  • Thursday: Attended the NCPP executive leadership team meeting all day.
  • Friday: Got home at midnight.
I was too busy to enjoy enough networking time with leadership and with fellow district employees.  But I was delighted to see representatives from Alaska, Guam, and Hawaii in attendance!  It's been a long time since we had folks from Alaska participate so it was extra special to visit with them.

I give the meeting this year an A+!

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locked Re: Should messages on the NCDEA Network be private or public? #poll

Pacific NCDEA
 

The NCDEA Network will remain viewable by non-members.

In addition to the publicly posted comments, I also received several individual emails.  Every one of those individual emails was in favor of keeping the Network viewable by non-members.  The majority of people who responded to the poll and who reached out to me individually favor keeping the Network open, so that's what we'll do.

If you have private topics, I encourage you to develop trust-based relationships with other conservation district professionals and lean on them to seek advice.  

Thank you for participating.  Please continue to spread the word about the NCDEA Network.  NCDEA has 7,000 members.  My personal goal is to see 5% of members participating in the Network by the end of 2019!

The poll is now locked.  If you'd like to talk about this topic, please start a new topic :-)

Be well,

Tom

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Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Pacific NCDEA
 

Here's a question of the week for your consideration: should we create state-level sub-groups in the NCDEA Network if so requested by a state?  Would a state-level discussion network be useful to conservation district employees?

Thank you for helping to shape the future of this NCDEA Network service!

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Re: Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Craig Nelson
 

I'm personally ambivalent about this topic.  I see benefits of having state specific topics as there could be conversations in one state that really don't apply elsewhere.  However, having a topic thread that may not apply to me today can be beneficial in the future if I've been exposed to new thoughts and ideas around how to address an issue.

This is just fodder for discussion, but maybe if there was a state specific question we could preface the question with a phrase like "WA Specific" in brackets like (I'm going to start a firestorm here so bear with me): 

[WA Specific]: Which is a better school UW or WSU?

That way, folks from other areas know that they can politely tune out but the conversation is still out there if they wish to learn that UW is indeed the better school:).


Re: Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Monte Marti
 

I concur with Craig's thoughts/comments.

Thank you.


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On Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 1:36 PM Craig Nelson <craig@...> wrote:
I'm personally ambivalent about this topic.  I see benefits of having state specific topics as there could be conversations in one state that really don't apply elsewhere.  However, having a topic thread that may not apply to me today can be beneficial in the future if I've been exposed to new thoughts and ideas around how to address an issue.

This is just fodder for discussion, but maybe if there was a state specific question we could preface the question with a phrase like "WA Specific" in brackets like (I'm going to start a firestorm here so bear with me): 

[WA Specific]: Which is a better school UW or WSU?

That way, folks from other areas know that they can politely tune out but the conversation is still out there if they wish to learn that UW is indeed the better school:).


Re: Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Tim Riley
 

I feel if we are going to give our audience what they want, then yes we should "if so requested".

Perhaps in doing so they can have the option of making the group and/or individual topics public or private?  Not sure what capabilities this software has...


Re: Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Tim Riley
 

If attending UW will help me to remember the definition of words like "ambivalent" without having to look ask Google, then I buy in to your theory that UW is the better school.  This hypothesis is flawed however, because WSU may in fact offer that same level of vocabulary education....darn now I have to ask Google the definition of "hypothesis" to make sure I'm using it correctly....what a vicious mental conundrum you have caused Craig....ugh here we go again "OK google, what's the definition of conundrum?"........


Re: Question of the week: state-level sub-groups for the NCDEA Network?

Jay Udelhoven
 

I think this is one of the questions I'd like to discuss at CONNECT in a few weeks.

"What forum is best for Oregon SWCD DMs to keep in touch with one another on a consistent/as-needed basis?"

If the majority think this forum will work, I'm all in. If not, then we might need something else. What that is, I do not  know.


Send us your spring conservation photos!

Pacific NCDEA
 

We would love to feature photos of your conservation projects and conservation district employees on the NCDEA website.  The best photos will end up being used as a monthly website background.  For example, check out our April background at https://ncdea.us.  Please send your photos to web@... -- we look forward to seeing your neck of the woods!

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Awesomeness in South Dakota!

Pacific NCDEA
 

Who is going to this awesome #training opportunity in South Dakota?

Link: https://www.facebook.com/MYNCDEA/posts/2672921229445578

Your Northern Plains Region Director and North-Central Region Director are partnering to make this leadership conference happen.  This will be a great event!


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NACD summer meeting in Santa Fe: who is going?

Tom Salzer <tsalzer@...>
 

Save the Date: The 2019 NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour will be held in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 2 – 6, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in conjunction with the Southwest and Pacific Regions Meeting.

Who's going?  Check out the NACD summer meeting page for more information.


Re: NACD summer meeting in Santa Fe: who is going?

Monte Marti
 

I will not be able to attend.  Thanks for the note/reminder.

Thank you.


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On Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 9:58 AM Tom Salzer <tsalzer@...> wrote:

Save the Date: The 2019 NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour will be held in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 2 – 6, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in conjunction with the Southwest and Pacific Regions Meeting.

Who's going?  Check out the NACD summer meeting page for more information.


Re: NACD summer meeting in Santa Fe: who is going?

Gretchen Rank
 

I will be attending.

On Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 10:58 AM Tom Salzer <tsalzer@...> wrote:

Save the Date: The 2019 NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour will be held in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 2 – 6, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in conjunction with the Southwest and Pacific Regions Meeting.

Who's going?  Check out the NACD summer meeting page for more information.

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Gretchen Rank
Southwest Director for NCDEA


Re: NACD summer meeting in Santa Fe: who is going?

Tim Riley
 

I'm not sure of the exact days I will be there yet, but I do plan to attend.

Tim Riley
NCDEA Past President


Non Co-Located District Offices

Tim Riley
 

For anyone that is in a District office that is not co-located with USDA; do you have a written agreement with your local and/or state USDA-NRCS to coordinate your operations and/or solidify a commitment to your local Conservation Partnership?

My District office will be separating from USDA for the first time in its existence this summer, and we are currently working on an agreement to ensure our partnership stays strong and is in writing for future representatives of both the District and USDA-NRCS to have a mode of operations committed to our Partnership.  Just curious, if anyone else has such agreements; what all those agreements may encompass?

Thank you,
Tim Riley
NCDEA Past President
District Coordinator, Kent Conservation District, Dover, DE


Re: NACD summer meeting in Santa Fe: who is going?

Pacific NCDEA
 

Excellent!  We'll be well represented :-)

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Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Pacific NCDEA
 

Tim, I'll reach out to Washington State with your question.  Most of their districts are no longer co-located with USDA.  I haven't heard of such an agreement but I surely do like the idea!

Tom

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