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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook
Whitney-Forman-Cook@nacdnet.org
(202) 595-9139

VAN DYKE OF NEW MEXICO ASSUMES NACD HELM

DENVER, Feb. 3, 2017 – Brent Van Dyke, born and raised in Springer, New Mexico, was sworn in as the president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, one of America’s largest conservation groups, at the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting.

The NACD Board of Directors elected Van Dyke to lead the member organization at NACD’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Van Dyke served one year as president-elect, and starting now, will serve two years as president.

“Brent knows conservation – he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to not only the American economy, but to people around the world,” NACD Immediate Past President Lee McDaniel said.

“Brent also understands that our work as the ‘Voice of Conservation’ includes engaging with our more non-traditional urban and tribal partners. He sees the need to broaden NACD’s base and intends to continue the policies established in my tenure to that do just that,” McDaniel continued.

Van Dyke and his wife Kim reside in Hobbs, New Mexico, where they run a commercial and registered cattle operation. The Van Dykes also raise irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay in Lea County, New Mexico, and cotton in Plains, Texas.

Prior to assuming the presidency, Van Dyke served as vice president of the New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts from 2006 to 2009. He also served as chair on the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors.

Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor that worked for the State Department’s USAID for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He was first elected to represent NACD’s Southwest Region on the executive board in 2011.

“NACD is proud to announce Brent Van Dyke is taking over as president of the organization,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “Brent has served this organization for many years and we look forward to working with him to advance voluntary, locally-led conservation nationwide in his newest capacity.”

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Healthy Habitats Coalition (HHC)
promotes the conservation and restoration of our nation’s natural resource heritage and protection of our economic interests from the harm caused by invasive species. HHC seeks legislation and appropriations that assist private, local, state, and federal land managers through state and federal leadership.
 
 
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation  Since their creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. They work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.       National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
 
The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARCDC) coordinates the efforts of hundreds of RC&D Councils, and thousands of volunteers, as they create successful delivery systems that benefit local communities.