SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Today, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), launched the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI), a program to develop opportunities for the next generation of conservation leaders.

Launched at NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting, NGLI’s objectives include developing a program for future leaders, creating knowledgeable leaders and ambassadors, creating grassroots advocates, and creating a financial model for sustaining the initiative.

“We must equip the conservation leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need today,” NCF Chairman Steve Robinson said. “While NCF is passionate about engaging the next generation, we recognize it is equally our responsibility to ensure the conservation mission will prevail long after we’re gone. Those who will continue the legacy of locally-led conservation efforts will achieve greater success if they have access to the tools and resources needed to lead conservation efforts at the local level. This institute will provide training, education and access to individuals and resources to advance the next generation of conservation leaders to new heights.”

An advisory committee met during NACD’s annual meeting to establish goals andoutcomes for the first three years of the inaugural class. The intention of the program is upon successful completion, participant leaders will be capable of maintaining and improving conservation district efforts for their communities and regions. Program topics could include the conservation partnership and its history, personal leadership development, media training, conflict resolution guidance, diversity outreach, grassroots advocacy, board governance and more.

Last fall, NCF and NACD conducted a successful campaign to raise funds to support the NGLI’s programmatic operations and to build an endowment fund. Through the campaign’s efforts, over $80,000 was raised through individual and institutional contributions.

Visit NACD’s website to learn more about the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI).

About the National Association of Conservation Districts:

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory 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, visit:

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.