Newhouse Resolution Celebrating Local Conservation Highlighted by Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hosted a hearing on H. Res. 641, a resolution commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The bipartisan resolution, led by Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02), celebrates the locally-led, collaborative, and voluntary conservation efforts deployed by NACD across the United States.
 
“NACD was founded on the philosophy that conservation decisions should be made at the local level and that we should all strive to advocate for commonsense policy reforms that empower those closest to the land – not bog them down with unnecessary or overburdensome regulations,” Chairman Newhouse. “This bipartisan resolution indicates Congress’ strong support for NACD’s continued mission and a commitment to lifting up the efforts of local districts and conservation throughout the communities we represent. I am proud to be joined by 33 of my colleagues in recognizing NACD and the amazing work they do to promote responsible land management, and I look forward to the work they will do in the next 75 years.”
 
“For 75 years, the National Association of Conservation Districts has been a strong advocate for locally led conservation districts through increased advocacy, education and partnerships,” said Rep. Bacon. “Thank you to the Committee on Natural Resources for taking up this bipartisan resolution, and I look forward to another 75 years of NACD assisting locally-led conservation districts.”
 
“Today we celebrate 75 years of the National Association Conservation Districts and the work they do to promote responsible management and conservation of natural resources across the nation. I thank my colleague Mr. Newhouse for leading the resolution to mark this occasion,” said Vice Chair Westerman, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
 
“I am glad to see the House Natural Resources Committee vote on this resolution commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the National Association of Conservation Districts,” said Rep. Bishop. “This resolution reminds us of this vital movement’s history which began in response to the 1930’s Dust Bowl. It is a testament to how it has grown in the years since and I look forward to the NACD continued leadership in the decades ahead, shepherding our natural resources, strengthening our farms, and meeting the challenge of climate change.”
 
“NACD appreciates the Committee bringing this resolution forward at the hearing, and thanks Rep. Newhouse for sponsoring this bill,” said NACD President Michael Crowder. “NACD remains committed to voluntary and locally-led conservation efforts in order to further good stewardship of the land and natural resources. We appreciate the acknowledgement of that commitment through H.Res.641 and thank the Committee for its consideration of the resolution.”
 
Background:
 
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States.
 
NACD’s mission is to promote responsible management and conservation of natural resources on all lands by representing locally-led conservation districts and their associations through grassroots advocacy, education and partnerships.
 
H.Res. 641 was introduced in September of 2021 with bipartisan support. Click here to learn more.

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