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NMACD Conservation Officers Leadership Training (COLT)

NMACD is very proud to have developed and be administering the “first” NACD Leadership Program.

NMACD has a new initiative and funding from an NACD grant through NRCS to administer a new Leadership Development Program. The goal is to locate "next Generation, younger Supervisors" who have an interest in broadening their horizons to assume greater conservation leadership roles. The grant pays for travel and per diem for these younger Supervisors and a few (maybe 5) younger district employees to attend and participate in designated meetings/ events throughout the year. A COLT member is required to attend and participate in at least half of the meetings or training opportunities. We are proud to report that the program for leaders for the “next generation” is going very well! We have added a few new members and invited the others to continue in the program. We have 13 members who have taken the challenge to be “engaged” and prepare to be the next generation leadership for NM!


COLT Leaders gathered in Raton

Boe Lopez, Camille Graham, Chance Bradley, Kandy Hutchins, Tanya Duncan and Melissa May

Not Pictured: Jimbo Williams, Dee Wear and Jennie Bierner


Some COLT Leaders with NRCS Chief in DC

Casey Spradley, Kendal Wilson, Chief Matt Lohr, Camille Graham, Kandy Hutchins, Josh Smith, Melissa May and Marcos Valdez

Not Pictured: Jimbo Williams, Dee Wear and Jennie Bierner



District Leadership

     The New Mexico District Supervisor Certification Training Program (Revised 2022) consists of six modules that are relevant to all forty-seven soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), a Training Evaluation form, a list of references with links, and a Glossary of Acronyms.  In addition, there are two separate modules, Subdivisions and Watershed Districts, which may not be relevant to all SWCDs but are included as part of the training to take as appropriate.

     The training may be taken in an instructor-led class-room style, a Zoom session, or online.  The requirements to take the online version are a browser, i.e., Edge (previously known as Internet Explorer, IE, or Google Chrome, a .pdf reader and MS Word.

Each training module includes links that allow the user to review specific information relevant to that module, i.e., New Mexico Soil & Water Conservation District Act, etc.  To access a link (shown in blue), place the cursor on the link and press Ctrl+click with the left mouse button.  Upon completion of the training, the participant should complete the Training Evaluation form and send it to Linda Hood via email ( or by regular mail to her at 1102 Villa Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.  If you have any problems accessing the on-line training version, using the links, or have any other questions, contact Linda Hood (505-681-9675) or email her.



Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem solving competition for high school students in the United States, Canada, and China. Students complete training and testing in five natural resource categories:  Soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue, which changes each year. 




Waste to Resources


This hands-on environmental problem solving competition is for high school students in New Mexico

Congratulations to the first place winning Scat Cats from Truth or Consequences!!


For the tenth time in eleven years the Scat Cats, Hot Springs High’s Envirothon team has taken the state championship and represented New Mexico in the North American Envirothon competition on the Miami University campus in Oxford, Ohio.  The event brings together top teams to compete for scholarships and awards at this international academic competition.  At state in their recent competition, held at the Cook Canyon Camp in Lincoln County, outside Ruidoso Downs, ten teams gathered from around the state for the April 21-23 competition.

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2021 TorC Scat Cats, NM Envirothon Winners

Richel Monis, Olivia Jaramillo, Hunter Armijo, Juan Pablo Reyes, Gioia Mackenzie

Coached by Mark Hedge

Rolling Rivers Trailer


The Rolling Rivers help to teach watershed health and erosion control.  These great tools are shown all over the state at fairs, water festivals and school functions.  The water trailers enable the teaching of the function of a river system and how drought affects everyone.  This hands-on tool allows us to stress conservation, riparian restoration, & river health.

For a list of locations and contacts, click on the Rolling Rivers Water Trailers Brochure link below. 

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