2018 Agenda

CARCD's 73rd Annual Conference

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Wednesday, Nov 14

Agenda

8:00 am 5:30 pm

Note on RCD Capacity Day

RCD Capacity Day is an exclusive training for RCD staff and boardmembers and is not open to non-RCD affiliates. If you are interested in attending an event on this day, the Soil Health Summit is a free all-day event on Wednesday which you can learn about and register for on the Soil Health Summit page.

8:00 am 9:00 am

RCD Capacity Day Opening Plenary — Building a Culture of Champions

Engaging RCD Board and Staff in Developing New Connections and Revenue for the RCD
Marc Smiley, Solid Ground Consulting

9:15 am 10:30 am

RCD Capacity Day Breakout Sessions

Building Strong Board Leadership (For RCDs)

Your Board, Inspired

The most successful board members have both the confidence and know-how to serve their organizations. This class offers the ABCs of building an inspired, engaged board to help the RCD achieve its goals. Topics include an overview of board duties, new member recruitment and orientation, and tips for keeping members engaged and accountable.
Communicating with Our Stakeholders - Getting the Message Across (For RCDs)

Communications Roll-Out

Let’s make RCDs the best kept secret no longer! By popular demand, CARCD has created a shared communications and messaging platform that RCDs can use as a base to build their own marketing and communications programs. This presentation will introduce the tools and how to customize them for your RCD. The session is also the introductory session for the Communications Academy online course that will run January-March 2019
10:45 am 12:00 pm

RCD Capacity Day Breakout Sessions

Revenue That Rocks - Developing Strong Support for Your Work (For RCDs)

Developing a Revenue Plan and Functional Budget

Discuss alternative ways to think about and create your annual budget. Understand your existing revenue sources and how they might be expanded. Explore potential new sources and create a revenue plan and path forward. Bring your questions and experience with lots of opportunity for conversation in this very interactive session.
Communicating with Our Stakeholders - Getting the Message Across (For RCDs)

Community Conservation

RCDs are public agencies. Why, how, and when is it important to ask the community about natural resource priorities and how they connect to other community needs? How does your RCD define “the community”? Even for RCDs without a tax base, gathering from your district can help you create new relationships, set priorities, energize the RCD, and strengthen your funding applications.
12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Lunchtime Collaboration Confab

For participants in current collaboration cohorts

1:30 pm 2:45 pm

RCD Capacity Day Breakout Sessions

Building Strong Board Leadership (For RCDs)

Board Financial Oversight

Do your eyes glaze over when someone drops a balance sheet or a profit and loss statement on the table in front of you? You know every board member should understand the finances of the RCD, but what does that really mean? This primer will help you know what to pay attention to and how to ask the right questions to keep your RCD on track.
Revenue That Rocks - Developing Strong Support for Your Work (For RCDs)

Community Fundraising

Grassroots fundraising often begins with a simple request for funds from those who know your RCD. This session will outline the steps to developing an annual fundraising cycle including planning the campaign, identifying donors, cultivating their interest, asking for donations, and thanking donors.
Communicating with Our Stakeholders - Getting the Message Across (For RCDs)

Presenting Your RCD, Presenting Yourself

From what you wear to how you stand, successful presentations and in-person meetings are about more than PowerPoint slides and talking points. Intercultural communications expert Lillian Tsai will provide pro tips to help you better understand who you are talking with, how they might be perceiving you, and how to make an impression with groups of all sizes.
3:00 pm 4:15 pm

RCD Capacity Day Breakout Sessions

Revenue That Rocks - Developing Strong Support for Your Work (For RCDs)

Fee for Service Planning

How to add revenue value and diversification to your RCD Income Budget. A refresher of the legal underpinning of FFS and defining "not for profit entities' in the RCD law. Using this background, we'll go through the nuts and bolts of a case example. Bring your questions and experience with lots of opportunity for conversation in this very interactive session.
Communicating with Our Stakeholders - Getting the Message Across (For RCDs)

Storytelling Workshop

Many RCDs crave the skillset of storytelling. They recognize the potential value of good storytelling in helping community members and funders understand, appreciate and support the work of RCDs. While most RCDs appreciate the inherent value of storytelling, they are not well-prepared to integrate the practice day to day. This training will introduce ideas to help individuals who’ve generally had little or no formal communications training become more confident and skillful in their use of storytelling in promoting their RCD and its important work in their own words
4:15 pm

RCD Collaboration Happy Hour

Thursday, Nov 15

Agenda

9:00 am 11:45 am

Welcome to San Diego

Deanna Spehn, Policy Director for Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, District 39, California State Senate - Welcome

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Assemblymember, 80th District, California State Assembly - Welcome

Karen Buhr & Don Butz - CARCD Welcomes You

Panel - Making change: Opportunities for Resiliency in California’s Complex Landscape

Moderated by Sam Schuchat, Coastal Conservancy

Claire Jahns, Natural Resources Agency - California’s Solutions: Aggregating California’s Impacts and the Climate Action Plan

Louise Bedsworth, Strategic Growth Council - Solutions Without Boundaries: Bringing Together Perspectives to Create Community Changes

Expanding Programs to Encompass the Whole Community

Panel - Embracing Your Entire Community

Moderated by: Kellyx Nelson, San Mateo RCD

Keynote Speaker John de Graaf - Igniting the Heart of Your Community: Action Through the Inspiration of Beauty

12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Partnership Awards Luncheon

1:45 pm 3:00 pm

Beachside Chat & Breakout Sessions

Adaptation in Action (Coronado)

Lessons in Managing Groundwater: Notes from Ground Zero

Let’s Build a 2 Million Acre Foot Reservoir in California…Underfoot

Presented by: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance of Family Farmers

From Paper to Online Data Management: Helping Farmers Meet Regulatory Reporting Now and in the Future

Presented by: Kandi Manhart, Glenn County Resource Conservation District

Sustainable Groundwater Management: Challenge to Opportunity

Presented by: Anna Schiller, Environmental Defense Fund

Local and State Level Approaches to Reach Community and Conservation Goals (Del Mar)

Working Land Solutions, One Partner at a Time

Scaling Up Statewide BMP Adoption and Farmland Protection via Local Collaboration

Presented by: Justin Bodell, American Farmland Trust

California Department of Conservation Division of Land Resource Protection, and Resource Conservation Districts Implementing Transformative Working Lands Solutions: A Legacy of Generations

Presented by: Jenny Di Stefano, CA Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection

Advancing the Efficiency and Sustainability of Regional Conservation and Development Planning Across California

Presented by: Dennis Grossman, California Strategic Growth Council

Resilience in Working and Natural Lands (La Jolla)

Landscape Scale Collaborations Cultivating Resilient and Vibrant Regions in California

Creating the Conditions for Collaborative Stewardship

Presented by: Dylan Skybrook, Santa Cruz Mountain Stewardship Network

Introducing the California Landscape Stewardship Network – the Role for RCDs and Others

Presented by: Sharon Farrell, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy

Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with Claire Jahns

Supporting Landscape Level Conservation

Presented by: Claire Jahns, California Natural Resources Agency

Workshop - Personal, Work and Team Values: Why Are They Important?

1:45 pm 3:00 pm

Forestry Committee Open Hours

The CARCD Forestry Committee is holding drop-in sessions to solicit RCD feedback on forestry action items developed from the RCD forest programs needs assessment survey.  The Committee wants to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of action items, and seeks RCD input.  Please drop by the Lobby Library!

3:15 pm 4:45 pm

Beachside Chat & Breakout Sessions

Local and State Level Approaches to Reach Community and Conservation Goals (Del Mar)

Engaging Our Whole Communities by Engaging Our Whole Selves

Tactics for Efficient Agriculture Outreach Targeting Small and Midsize Operations

Presented by: Miguel Garcia, Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District & Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Using Land-Based Programming to Connect Communities

Presented by: Cathryn Henning, Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

Community Driven Solutions for Open Space in Environmental Justice Neighborhoods

Presented by: Jerry Rivero, Environmental Health Coalition

Resilience in Working and Natural Lands (La Jolla)

Ag Is Part of the Solution: Progress in Carbon Farming

Profiles of Regenerative Ranching Success

Presented by: Kevin Watt, TomKat Ranch

Carbon Farming in San Diego County

Presented by: Chandra Richards, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County

Delivering Climate Smart Ag Technical Assistance: Lessons Learned

Presented by: Brian Shobe, California Climate Action Network

The Carbon Farming Network: Building Local Partnerships with RCDs for Climate Change Mitigation

Presented by: Pelayo Alvarez, Carbon Cycle Institute

Adaptation in Action (Coronado)

Helping Communities Recover From Fire

Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with Louise Bedsworth

Building Solutions Across Boundaries

Presented by: Louise Bedsworth, California Strategic Growth Council

4:30 pm 5:30 pm

General Session

Introduction on Resolutions

Officer Resolutions

6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Recognition Dinner

Recognizing the outstanding work of RCDs and their partners

Friday, Nov 16

Agenda

8:30 am 9:30 am

Beachside Chats & Breakout Sessions

Healthy Forests for a Healthy California (Del Mar)

Working With Communities to Prevent and Recover From Fire

Managing With a Whole Communities Perspective (Coronado)

Protecting Birds, Farming Land

Building Partnerships for Birds, Water and Conservation Success: Working with American Bird Conservancy, NRCS, and RCDs

Presented by: Rachel Smith, American Bird ConservancyDavid Younkman, American Bird Conservancy

Using Beneficial Birds as Pest Control on Farms and Managing Pest Birds

Presented by: Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance

Best Management Practices for Your Organization (La Jolla)

Planning to Make Conservation Effective

Regional Conservation Investment Strategies

Presented by: Shannon Lucas, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Compost and Mulch Connection to Climate Adaptation and Resilient Communities

Presented by: Robert Horowitz, CalRecycle

Engaging, Collaborating, and Designing for Regional Habitat Connectivity: The Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Mountains Habitat Linkage

Presented by: Clark Stevens, Resource Conservation District of Santa Monica Mountains

Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with John de Graff

Can Beauty Save the World?

Presented by: John de Graaf,

9:45 am 10:45 am

Beachside Chats & Breakout Sessions

Healthy Forests for a Healthy California (Del Mar)

Partnering to Protect Our Communities: Fire Safe Councils and RCDs

Developing Resilient Landscapes and Assisting Communities Through Fire Safe Councils

Presented by: Sheryl Landrum, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego CountyDon Butz, Lakeside Fire District

Forming a Countywide Fire Safe Council

Presented by: Lisa Lurie, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Managing With a Whole Communities Perspective (Coronado)

Growing Opportunities: Farming Within Urban Boundaries

NRCS and RCD Collaborative Support for Urban Agriculture in the East San Francisco Bay Area

Presented by: Alyson Aquino, USDA NRCS-Alameda CountyHilary Phillips, USDA NRCS San Luis ObispoSusan Ellsworth, Alameda County Resource Conservation District

Partnering with an Urban Community Farm to Expand RCD/NRCS Outreach

Presented by: Susie Kirschner, Inland Empire Resource Conservation DistrictLucia Ceja, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Best Management Practices for Your Organization (La Jolla)

Capturing Data to Guide Decisions

Sacramento River Watershed Data Program: Providing Technical Assistance to Support Collaborative Restoration and Management Activities Throughout the Sacramento River Watershed

Presented by: Holly Jorgensen, Sacramento River Watershed Program

Collecting, Managing, and Reporting Environmental Data – Easy In, Easy Out – Digital Technology Makes the Effort Efficient, Accurate, and Less Stressful

Presented by: Nancy Douglas, Wildnote

RCD Project Tracker: Elevating Efficiency and Storytelling for ALL Districts

Presented by: Brittany Jensen, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation DistrictsMandy Parkes, Inland Empire Resource Conservation DistrictDevin Best, Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District

Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with Tasha Newman

CARCD’s Legislative Strategy – We Want Your Input!

Presented by: Tasha Newman, Pacific Policy Group

10:45 am 12:00 pm

Forestry Committee Open Hours

The CARCD Forestry Committee will be holding drop-in sessions to solicit RCD feedback on forestry action items developed from the RCD forest programs needs assessment survey. The Committee wants to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of action items, and seeks RCD input. Please drop by the Lobby Library!

11:00 am 12:00 pm

Beachside Chats & Breakout Sessions

Healthy Forests for a Healthy California (Del Mar)

Greening Our Urban Spaces as a Climate Solution

Native Trees and Urban Spaces: Recent Findings from Sacramento’s Urban Forest

Presented by: Zarah Wyly, Sacramento Tree Foundation

California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions (CIRCLE) Program

Presented by: Brian Robey, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Explore the Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit 2.0

Presented by: Nancy Sappington, Inland Urban Forest Council

Managing With a Whole Communities Perspective (Coronado)

Water Quality and Quantity: Strategies at the State and Local Level

Optimizing Irrigation Efficiency

Presented by: Trina Walley, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District

California Agricultural Partnership Forum – a Team Concept

Presented by: Susan Keydel, Environmental Protection Agency

Best Management Practices for Your Organization (La Jolla)

Reaching Hard to Reach Audiences: How to Expand Your Programs

Tactics for Efficient Agriculture Outreach Targeting Small and Midsize Operations

Presented by: Miguel Garcia, Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District & Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

Helping Communities and Resource Management Using Citizen Science

Presented by: Erin Snyder, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation DistrictErika Presley, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District

Practical Tools and Guidelines to Assist Growers with Water and Nitrogen Use Management: Expanding RCD and Partner’s Capacity

Presented by: Sacha Lozano, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz CountyLisa Lurie, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with Sheryl Landrum

The Ins and Out of Developing an Indirect Cost Rate

Presented by: Sheryl Landrum, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County

12:15 pm 2:05 pm

Lunch

Secretary Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture - Agriculture IS Part of the Solution. Building Resiliency Through Building a Strong Agricultural System

Speak-Off Contest

2:05 pm 3:05 pm

Beachside Chats & Breakout Sessions

Healthy Forests for a Healthy California (Del Mar)

Helping Communities Recover From Fire Part II

Post-fire Bird Occupancy on a State Demonstration Forest

Presented by: Stacy Stanish, CAL FIRE

Working with Nature Following Wildfire

Presented by: Rich Casale,

Fire Recovery and Adaptation: A Small District’s Story

Presented by: Jamie Whiteford, Ventura County Resource Conservation DistrictLexi Ballinger, Ventura County Resource Conservation District

Managing With a Whole Communities Perspective (Coronado)

Rangeland Resilience

Alameda County Rangeland Resilience Pilot Project: Restoring Upland Water Resources to Improve Habitat and Grazing Operations

Presented by: Ian Howell, Alameda County Resource Conservation District Kyle Marsh, Point Blue Conservation Service

4J Horse & Livestock Company on the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve – An Example from San Diego County

Presented by: Kent Reeves, Rancher-to-RancherJohn Austel, Rancher-to-Rancher

Lowering CO2 Levels to Pre-Industrial Age

Presented by: Linda Gibbs, Kiss the Ground

Best Management Practices for Your Organization (La Jolla)

Strengthening Your RCD: Tools for Organizational Success

Getting to Know Big Brother: Understanding RCDs and the LAFCO Review Process

Presented by: Sheryl Landrum, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego CountyKeene Simmonds, San Diego Local Area Formation Commission

Special Districts Website Best Practices (Including New Section 508)

Presented by: Sloane Dell'Orto, Streamline

Partners in Resilience - Using Technology to Further Your Fundraising Efforts

Presented by: Monika Whitfield, Advancement Consultant, CARCD


							
Beachside Chats (Beach Fire Pits)

Beachside Chat with Carlos Suarez

NRCS/RCD Partnership Advancing Conservation in California

Presented by: Carlos Suarez, USDA National Resource Conservation Service

3:20 pm 4:30 pm

Forestry Committee Open Hours

The CARCD Forestry Committee will be holding drop-in sessions to solicit RCD feedback on forestry action items developed from the RCD forest programs needs assessment survey.  The Committee wants to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of action items, and seeks RCD input.  Please drop by the Lobby Library!

3:20 pm 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Best Management Practices for Your Organization (La Jolla)

Keep the Legal Team

Recent Developments and Issues Concerning Conflicts in Government Contracting: Government Code Section 1090

Presented by: Gary Schons, Best Best and Krieger

Basics of the Brown Act

Presented by: Steve Anderson, Best Best and Krieger

Healthy Forests for a Healthy California (Del Mar)

Building Habitat for Watershed Health

Grassroots Partnership to Prevent Harm to Nesting Birds and Other Wildlife During Tree Care

Presented by: Michael Palat, West Coast Arborists Inc.

Water Flows Increased with Partnerships of USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service and MillerCoors Beer Company

Presented by: Philip Dixon, USDA NRCA

Managing With a Whole Communities Perspective (Coronado)

Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Presented by: Rex Dufour, National Center for Appropriate TechnologySam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited

5:00 pm 10:00 pm

Friday Night Dinner

Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing with panoramic views of San Diego and the Bay!

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-registration is required. Limited number of tickets are available for $45 in the Registration Room. Enjoy the 15 minute walk along the coastline from the conference venue. For those with limited mobility, please see a CARCD staff member in the Registration Room for transportation accommodations.
Bali Hai – 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Saturday, Nov 17

Agenda

9:00 am 12:00 pm

CARCD Business Meeting