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National Association of Conservation Districts Environment and Resources Policy Committee
Southwest Region, June 1, 2005
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On November 6, 2005, Brenda Smith, Arizona Ecological Services Office, participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts Environment and Resources Policy Committee meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona.  This committee’s role is to make policy recommendations and keep the NACD members informed about environmental and resources issues that affect natural resources.  They are the primary liaison between the NACD and environmental organizations and state and Federal agencies.  Major topics during this meeting included the National Fish Habitat Initiative, global climate change and NACD policy, Endangered Species Act reform, and the Forest Service/BLM biomass agreement.

There were also presentations on several programs in Northern Arizona:  the Diablo Trust, a collaborative effort to develop economic opportunities related to sustainable agriculture, and Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, a group that advises the Forest Service on forest management activities surrounding Flagstaff.  FWS is a partner in both efforts. 

The Endangered Species Act discussion updated the committee on the status of the bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives and actions and outlook in the Senate.  The committee briefly discussed the NACD Endangered Species Act policy and Smith answered questions and clarified some information about FWS regulations and processes.  She also gave them information about the Partners for Wildlife program, activities in Arizona, and partnership grant opportunities. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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