|Tuesday morning’s General Session featured presentations about the past, present and future of conservation.
Former NRCS Chief Dave White spoke on the history of conservation districts and the impetus the Dust Bowl had in bringing people together in locally-led land and soil conservation efforts.
Following Chief White’s address there was a panel discussion focusing on conservation today. Panelists included Karl Dalla Rosa, Forest Stewardship Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service; Ellen Gilinsky, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. EPA; Kristin Thomasgard, Program Director, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Department of Defense; and Cynthia Moses-Nedd, Liason to State and Local Government, Bureau of Land Management.
Rounding out the program was current NRCS Chief Jason Weller who spoke about the vision for the future of conservation.