The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts held their annual meeting from February 24-25, 2016 in Jekyll Island, Georgia.
The meeting began with Supervisor Training facilitated by the University of Georgia's Carl Vincent Institute of Government. The theme of the training was "Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Past, Present, and Future." Supervisors learned about the history and original purpose of conservation, District activities across the United States, North Carolina's conservation programs, and grant writing.
Following Supervisor Training, the general session began with special presentations from Bob Izlar from the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Georgia House Majority Leader Jon Burns. The guest speakers were followed by updates provided by GACD and their conservation partners.
Following the general session, GACD hosted the annual awards and scholarship banquet. The last day began with breakout sessions on topics ranging from invasive species management to soil health. The annual meeting concluded with a tour of the Clarence Cannon Wildlife Refuge on St. Simon's Island.
Thank you to all of the coastal soil and water conservation districts that hosted the meeting, our guest speakers and presenters, and conservation partners!