Indiana Association of
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

News from the IASWCD

For release: Monday, January 28, 2013
Indiana represented at national conservation meeting

San Antonio, TX - The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) is well represented at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2013 Annual Meeting, Jan. 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas. 
The conference is based on the theme "Conservation: Proud Past, Positive Future," the 67th NACD Annual Meeting reflects on the roots of conservation Districts and looks ahead to the future of conservation in America.
Indiana's NACD delegation
Several of Indiana's delegation to the NACD Annual Meeting stopped for a picture in San Antonio this morning. 
Approximately 20 Hoosiers are attending including IASWCD Secretary Jamie Scott, 
Kosciusko County SWCD; Ray McCormick, Knox County SWCD, NACD delegate and IASWCD immediate past president; and Tom Crowe, Allen County SWCD and North-Northeast Region Director. 


The NACD 2013 Annual Meeting features keynote speaker Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of six books, including The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction. The Worst Hard Time chronicles the unparalleled dust storms in the High Plains during the Great Depression. This fall, Egan served as the main on-screen narrator for filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS documentary about the Dust Bowl. 


Other convention speakers include: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Jason Weller, Acting Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency; Indiana's own Gene Schmidt, NACD President; John Larson, NACD Chief Executive Officer; David Lamm, Soil Conservationist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center; Tom Martin, CEO, American Forest Foundation; and Tim Wigley, President of the Western Energy Alliance.


Soil health and water quality is not something the IASWCD takes lightly. Together with Indiana's 92 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and almost 400 volunteers statewide, the Association works to coordinate technical, financial and other forms of assistance from available sources (public and private, local, state and federal) in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns.


NACD is the nonprofit organization that represents the nation's 3,000 conservation Districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation Districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices.


For more information about NACD, including news and photos from the meeting, visit


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Contact: DeeDee Sigler
IASWCD Communications Manager, 317.431.6098
IASWCD Officers


President: Jeff Meinders


Vice President:
Paul Cummings


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Bobby Hettmansperger




North-NW: Larry Strole


South-NW: Mike Starkey


North-NE: Tom Crowe 


South-NE: Troy Hattery


North-SW: Les Zimmerman


South-SW: Jim Droege 


North-SE: Mike Schwab


South-SE: Brad Ponsler




Executive Director:

Jennifer Boyle Warner


Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman


Project Assistant: Liz Rice  

Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler


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