BACK TOGETHER AGAIN IN 2021
Highlights of the 81st Annual Meeting
of Texas SWCD District Directors
October 4-6, 2021
at Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, TX
October 11, 2021 -- Last week conservation leaders from across Texas gathered in Round Rock, for the 81st Annual State Meeting of District Directors. Matt Rush provided the Keynote address on Tuesday morning to a packed room. Kenneth McAlister with the Wichita SWCD received the President’s Award. During the Business Session on Tuesday afternoon the delegates approved all five resolutions and approved the amendments to the By Laws. The Association also recognized Bill Gray for his service to the Association as he has retired from the Board. Roy Thompson was elected to represent Area 1 on the Board. Rick Schilling was elected to serve another term as President and Kent Batman as Vice President.
Monday Minutes 10/11/21
Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director
KENNETH McALISTER RECEIVES THE
2021 ATSWCD PRESIDENT'S AWARD
ATSWCD PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Kenneth McAlister, left, receives the prestigious 2021 President's Award from ATSWCD President Rick Schilling. The annual award honors outstanding achievements by a Texas conservationist and is the highest honor bestowed by ATSWCD. McAlister is a Director of Wichita SWCD #538.
Congratulations to the 2021 State and
Area Award Winners!
OUTSTANDING CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Cochran SWCD #149
Llano County SWCD #233
Parker County SWCD #558
More pictures and info from the 81st Annual Meeting Oct 4-6, 2021
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, October 2021 -- TSSWCB recently hosted the 81st Annual Meeting of Texas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Directors. The meeting was held at Kalahari Resort in Round Rock on October 4-6, 2021.
With over 500 people in attendance, the meeting provided SWCD Directors, employees, and conservation partners from across the state the opportunity to address a wide variety of agricultural and conservation issues in Texas as well as learning opportunities.
During the three-day event, a variety of committee meetings were held to discuss issues and highlight important areas to target during the upcoming year. Matt Rush of Levelland, addressed the group during the general
session as the keynote speaker.
The 2021 Conservation Award Winners were recognized during the Awards Luncheon for their great work in preserving and protecting the natural resources of Texas. The 2021 Award Winners are as follows, Parker County SWCD #558, Outstanding SWCD, Todd Westerfeld of Moody, Conservation Farmer, Broken W Partnership of Odem, Conservation Rancher, Stephen Deiss of Victoria County, Friend of Conservation, Sherrlyn Welch of Howard County, Conservation Teacher, Quinn Ranch of McCulloch County, Wildlife Conservationist, Cadence De La Rosa of Riviera, Poster Contest Winner, Blaine Dahl of Channing, Jr. Essay Contest Winner, Brianna Latray of Limestone Falls, Sr. Essay Contest Winner.
Workshops were held on Tuesday afternoon covering topics ranging from eminent domain, wild pigs, hemp production in Texas, policy initiatives and a successful SWCD panel.
On Wednesday, participants took part in a conservation tour at Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) Exotic Wildlife Ranch and Recycling Center. The Exotic Wildlife Game Ranch is used primarily as a breeding and conservation operation. The operation is home to more than 2,000 animals from over 100 different species. Dozens of these breeds are considered endangered; some can only thrive in captivity. Many inhabitants from six of the seven continents—including species from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America—safely co-exist on the preserve.