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


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?

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?

Monte Marti
 

I concur with Craig's thoughts/comments.

Thank you.


Monte Marti

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Snohomish Conservation District
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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?

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:).


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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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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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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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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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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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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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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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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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Gretchen Rank
Southwest Representative for NCDEA


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

Monte Marti
 

I concur with Craig.

Thank you.


Monte Marti

District Manager

Snohomish Conservation District
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425-377-7001

425-359-3085 (cell)


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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

Sarah Moorehead
 

I agree with Craig on this.

Thanks all!


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

Craig Nelson
 

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

Pacific NCDEA
 

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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Tom Salzer, Pacific Region Director, NCDEA
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Re: Please introduce yourself

Sarah Moorehead
 

Hello,

My name is Sarah Moorehead and I work with Thurston Conservation District in Olympia, Washington. I have been serving the CD for almost 10 years in primarily a communications and community outreach capacity. For the last year and a half I have also been serving the CD as the Interim Executive Director. I too have supported the Washington Association of District Employees through facilitation of conference tracks and training opportunities that focus on developing relationships, communications styles, targeted messaging, outreach strategies, facilitation techniques, knowing your audience and overcoming communication barriers. In 2017, I co-facilitated the development of the South Puget Sound Agricultural Producer Needs Assessment, where our CD partnered with our local extension office and economic development council to look at the needs of and barriers facing producers in our community. I see myself being involved in CDs for the long haul, they have setup permanent shop in my heart and I look forward to supporting the delivery of conservation in our community and beyond into the future.

Our CD is going through a pretty significant transition period, as is the community we serve. Being in the state capitol county has offered us exciting opportunities to participate and support policy development, as well as, an extremely politically diverse and actively engaged community in a fairly small geography - both of which bring many challenges and successes. We are a relatively small county at the southern end of Puget Sound, just shy of about 500,000 acres, with around 300,000 residents - which is rapidly growing! We are fairly rural, except for the Olympia area surrounding the capitol, but as our population increases rapidly, our natural resources are facing significant pressure from land development. Our landscape includes some of the last remnants of prairie oak woodland habitat and a variety of endangered plant and animal species that call this unique ecosystem home. Farms in Thurston County are fairly diversified with many small to mid-sized direct sales operations. Aquaculture is also a major facet of our agricultural production.

Outside of the CD, I am working on starting my own small farm (we've just spent our first year on the land) and restoring an old farmhouse. I love to laugh and play with son, fish, camp, cook and travel!

Nice to meet some new folks from the region! :)


Re: Please introduce yourself

northernplainsrep@...
 

Hello All, 

I am the Northern Plains Regional Director for the NCDEA. I am the District Manager at the Mercer County Soil Conservation District in Beulah, ND. I've been with the district about 2 years. Prior to this my career has spanned natural resource conservation/agriculture in the non-profit sector and state government. I feel very strongly about not only acting as in an advisory capacity to constituents seeking conservation information, but also advocate for the importance of conservation and agriculture around the world. 

On top of managing the Soil Conservation District, I also ranch on the banks of Otter Creek. We raise registered longhorn cattle for roping/rodeo cattle and specialty valued added production. 

I'm excited to see how this group grows and helps us all in our pursuit of conservation and professional development. 

Sarah Tunge
NCDEA Northern Plains Director
(701) 873-2101 ext 3
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locked Should messages on the NCDEA Network be private or public? #poll

Pacific NCDEA
 

Currently, the NCDEA Network is configured so that messages are publicly viewable, but to post a message you must be a member.  One of our first decisions as users of this communication tool is: should our messages be viewable by non-members?

Please weigh in with your opinion.  We are the early adopters and with that comes the opportunity to shape the system for future members.

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Re: Please introduce yourself

Tim Riley
 

Hi everyone,

My name is Tim Riley, and I am the District Coordinator of the Kent Conservation District (KCD) in Dover, Delaware where I have been since October 1, 1991.  I was hired as Administrative Assistant, quickly transitioned to Accountant, and in June, 1994 became District Coordinator.  Prior to KCD I served 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps out of Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, Delaware.

My service to District Employees Associations includes:
NCDEA President - 2015-Present (Outgoing Feb, 2019)
NCDEA Treasurer - 2012-2014
NCDEA Committees, but break from Officer to focus on KCD program needs - 2010-2011
NCDEA Vice President - 2009
NCDEA Treasurer - 2008
NCDEA Secretary - 2007
NCDEA Northeast Region Director - 2005-2006
NACDE Northeast Vice President - 2003-2004
DCDEA Delaware President and NACDE Representative - 2000-2002
Audience Member at NCDEA meetings at NACD Annual Meetings - 1992-1999

Suffice it to say, I've been around NCDEA a while... In fact I have told the story many times that my first NACD/NCDEA Meeting was in 1992, which was the meeting where NCDEA was voted on and approved by the NACD Board as a full partner of NACD.

I also serve as:
Treasurer of the 1st State RC&D Council - 1994-Present
Board of Director of Milford Housing Development Corporation - 2011-Present

My extracurricular activities include a batting cage business I own and operate where I teach the fundamentals of baseball and softball; both of which I have been playing my whole life and still do; and have had the honor of winning 29 World/National Championship Tournaments in Slow Pitch softball.  A sport that has afforded me the opportunity to travel most of the country, as well as Canada and South Korea.

I am very excited about this communication opportunity for NCDEA, look forward to seeing what it becomes, and cannot thank Tom Salzer enough for embarking NCDEA on this journey.

Tim Riley
NCDEA President
(302)741-2600, ext 3
Email: timothy.riley@...; president@...