Southwest Region

Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

NCDEA Region Director(s)

First Last Title Region State More
Gretchen Rank Regional Director Southwest CO Bio
Brenda Smythe Alternate Regional Director Southwest NM

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Teton Conservation District and TOJ tackle Flat Creek restoration

Teton Conservation District and TOJ tackle Flat Creek restoration

WYOMING, Teton CD – Flat Creek is sick, or “impaired” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, but Town of …
Farm tour focuses on healthy soil by eliminating synthetic fertilizers

Farm tour focuses on healthy soil by eliminating synthetic fertilizers

COLORADO, Mesa CD – Mark Cremeens dug his shovel into the pasture at his Grand Junction ranch, pulling up a …
Love a beautiful lawn? Panel explores ‘green’ landscaping

Love a beautiful lawn? Panel explores ‘green’ landscaping

WYOMING, Teton CD – Experts in landscaping and its impact on the environment will hold a panel Monday at the …
Jackson Hole touts trout friendly lawns

Jackson Hole touts trout friendly lawns

WYOMING, Teton CD – Across Teton County, signs featuring small metal fish are beginning to poke up from the lawns …
Office Manager/Bookkeeper at Mancos Conservation District

Office Manager/Bookkeeper at Mancos Conservation District

COLORADO, Mancos CD – The Mancos CD in southwest Colorado is hiring an office manager. See the details at Indeed.com. …
Airport completes stormwater filtration system with Teton CD grant

Airport completes stormwater filtration system with Teton CD grant

WYOMING, Teton CD – The Jackson Hole Airport just got a major upgrade to its stormwater filtration system. The Jackson …

Director’s Message

As your Southwest regional director for the National Conservation District Employees Association, I serve as the primary interface between conservation district professionals and their national association. I am the voice for the knowledge, skills, and experience of conservation district employees.  Through my role, I help inform deliberations on national policies and programs affecting conservation districts and the landowners we serve. This position also allows me to relay essential information from the national level to the states in my region.

Every conservation district employee in the United States and their territories is a member of NCDEA. Our 7,000 members bring a vital component to the table in regional and national discussions.

On behalf of NCDEA, I appreciate your interest in the impact of the association on the national level and hope that you’ll become more engaged as we work together to make sure the needs of our local communities are met by conservation programs and services.

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Another great example of the work Conservation Districts so across the United States! Gallatin Conservation District ...

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#CDEmployeesAtWorkSteuben SWCD employees with their NCDEA (National Conservation District Employees Association) reusable stainless straw. Additional straws were handed out at the Water Quality Symposium to individuals who inquired about them. Communicating and promoting NCDEA activities one straw at a time. ...

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