February 12, 2019
San Antonio, TX – Last week the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) elected the 2019 leadership team, including Richland, Washington ranch manager Michael Crowder as First Vice President.
More than 3,000 conservation districts across the nation are represented by NACD. NACD’s board of directors selects conservation policy priorities that are used to develop and review environmental and natural resources legislation and to secure adequate federal funding for natural resources conservation programs.
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 Indiana and Washington, including the Barker Ranch in West Richland. He has served on the board of the Benton Conservation District for many years. The mission of Benton Conservation District is to promote wise stewardship of natural resources including soils, water, plants, wildlife and fish in Benton County.
Crowder’s conservation awards include Washington State’s “Wildlife Farmer of the Year,” and Ducks Unlimited’s “Silver Mallard” awards.