March 29, 2017
Benton Conservation District (BCD) is proud to announce that BCD board member Michael Crowder has been elected as 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), representing over 3,000 conservation districts in the US. The mission of local conservation districts is to encourage wise stewardship of natural resources (soil, water, plants, wildlife) through voluntary program and education. The NACD works to advocate for all conservation districts, serving as the national voice of conservation. http://www.nacdnet.org/
Crowder has an extensive background in conservation, agriculture and service. He taught wetland restoration, wildlife science and ecology at WSU Tricities. He manages farm operations in Washington and Illinois. He serves as the national director for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts. Crowder’s conservation awards include Washington State’s “Wildlife Farmer of the Year,” and Ducks Unlimited’s “Silver Mallard” awards.
Crowder is also recognized by the NACD as a Soil Health Champion for his work on Barker Ranch in West Richland. The NACD is working to create a vast network of soil health leaders to exchange best management practices, tell success stories and learn from other practitioners. http://www.nacdnet.org/get-involved/soil-health-champions-network/