Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Showcase
Monday, August 1
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in conjunction with SWCS, will host the CIG Showcase at the SWCS Annual Conference. Since 2004, CIG has supported the development of innovative natural resource conservation approaches and technologies on working lands.
This year’s showcase includes an overview of the CIG program and three themed panels. The first panel highlights innovations in water conservation. The second panel explores building resilient ecosystems. The final panel will address scaling soil health related to cover crops.
This showcase runs from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, August 1. Following the showcase, CIG project posters will be included in the poster presentation session held in the poster display area of the exhibit hall from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE) Annual Meeting
Monday, August 1
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
The Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE) will host their annual meeting at Elway's in the Ritz-Carlton, Hall of Fame Room, 1881 Curtis Street, Denver, Colorado. The event will include ARCSE program updates, awards, and other special presentations. NRCS leadership, Chief Terry Cosby and Colorado State Conservationist Clint Evans, have been invited to speak. Our primary goal is to network past, present, and next generation conservationists looking forward to the decades of work ahead. The cost of the luncheon is $65 and should be made payable to ARCSE. Registration for the event can be found at www.arcse.org.
Women in NRCS (WiN) Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 2
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
The National Organization of Professional Women in Natural Resources Conservation Service (WiN) will be hosting their annual organization meeting in person and via Zoom. From 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM Mountain Time there will be an informal meet and greet with the annual meeting starting promptly at 5:30 PM Mountain Time. The annual meeting will be used to present the WiN annual highlights of the year. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about WiN. The mission for WiN is “To provide women with training, opportunities, and mentoring to develop into their fullest professional potential.”
USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Watershed Assessment Studies Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 3
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Please join USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university CEAP scientists to learn about and discuss the CEAP Watershed Assessments in small watershed studies. This year’s meeting will take place Wednesday, August 3, 1:00 to 5:00 PM Mountain Time, just after the general SWCS conference program. Presentations in the CEAP meeting will feature ongoing ARS and university CEAP Watershed Assessments followed by a presentation on a visioning process to address future CEAP directions. If you have an interest in outcomes and documenting benefits of conservation, please join us and provide your input into future research!
As USDA travel restrictions evolve, please periodically check the SWCS website, www.swcs.org/22AC, under Partner Events for updates concerning a CEAP meeting on site or virtually.