Since taking on his role as Executive Director of AISWCD, Dr. Michael Woods has enjoyed visiting regional meetings to celebrate conservation efforts while sharing the importance of soil and water conservation districts and to boost local voices within the Association.

“SWCD staff and directors are the linchpins to local conservation, those in our cause that are indispensable – who simply cannot be replaced because their role is just far too unique and valuable,” he said. “We truly value partners in the districts and want to ensure that the association is primed to provide services at the district level.”

So far Woods has visited district annual meetings in the counties of

  • Champaign
  • Lawrence
  • Livingston
  • Marion
  • Peoria
  • Pulaski-Alexander
Michael at podium

Michael Woods at the Lawrence County SWCD meeting. Photo by Davonne Long – Wayne County Conservation Planner for the Capacity Building Initiative.

You can meet and share your insights with Woods at these upcoming Soil & Water Conservation District Regional Meetings hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Land & Water Resources.

  • February 28 in Sycamore at the DeKalb USDA service center
  • March 4 in Mount Vernon at the Double Tree Hotel + Conference Center
  • March 11 in Springfield at the Crowne Plaza Hotel + Conference Center


9 am
Welcome & Introductions
Bureau of Land & Water Resources Updates
Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Updates
NRCS AST updates
FY 24 PFC Guidelines Update and RCPP
FY 24 Streambank Stabilization and Restoration Program
PFC 1 and 1B – RUSLE
Cover crop Implementation – John Pike, Pike Ag

Noon — Lunch

12:45 pm
Illinois Soil & Water Conservation District Employee Association Updates
Update on Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreements
Annual Progress Reporting and NLRS Reporting
Fall Covers For Spring Savings Spot Check Process
STAR training – Natalie Kerr
2024 SWCD Election summary (need all directors emails and phone numbers)
Upcoming Required Certification reminder OMA, FOIA, SH

2:45 pm — Adjourn

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