MACD 2020 Virtual Convention

In this unique time, we are thrilled that there are great ways of linking together across the miles. 

Thank you to the over 200 participants who attended MACD's first-ever virtual convention!  Thank you for being a part of our incredible community of natural resource advocates, pushing every day to further the mission of Michigan's Conservation Districts.

Event Details

MACD Annual Assembly Meeting, Tuesday, December 8th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The annual assembly meeting of MACD's membership was held virtually on Tuesday, December 8th. Meeting documents will be posted on the MACD State Council Business page available to members of MACD.


MACD Virtual Convention Educational Sessions and Forums
A great week!  Thank you to our sponsors, speakers, and attendees for your participation.  We appreciate the support of our sponsors, partners, and attendees for making the event a success.

Did You Miss the Event? 

You can still register to view ALL the virtual convention content.  Register below to gain access and watch the sessions in the comfort of your own office or home.

REGISTRATION RATES
MACD Conservation District Member Pricing:

  • Board Member and staff of member Conservation Districts: $100 
  • Second Board Member Free (one per CD)

Partners and Non-members:

  • Partner and non-members: $150

Register for the Event HERE


Event Login Details, once registration is complete:

    1.    Login to MACD's site here. (Skip this step if you're already logged in.)
    2.    Go to MACD's Learning Library & Events site and click "login" in upper right corner. (You won't actually have to input your username and password here: this step just verifies your registration for the event.)
    3.    Click "details" on "2020 Virtual Convention" event card.
    4.    Welcome to this year's Convention!
    5.    Click on any of the event links to begin participating in this year's event.

(Registered but still having issues logging in? Contact our Site Support team and we'll get back to you shortly.)


Full Agenda

Downloadable Event + Session Descriptions at a Glance (12-10-20 version)

Monday, December 14

RECORDED SESSIONS To Be Released at 8:00 AM

  • Event Welcome Message
  • Show Me the Money
 

LIVE PRESENTATIONS

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Making it Happen - Using Volunteers to Further the Work of Your Conservation District
  • 10:30 - 12:00 AM -- Conservation Connections (1.5 hr session)
  •  1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Native Grass & Pollinator Plantings from a Forester's Perspective
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Hunter Access Program (HAP) Update: What is the Future?
  • 3:00 - 4:30 PM -- MAEAP Program Update & Database Demo (1.5 hr session)


Tuesday, December 15

RECORDED SESSIONS To Be Released at 8:00 AM

  • CTAI Program Update
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing Concepts for Fresh Produce & Equipment
  • Forestry & Climate Change
 

LIVE PRESENTATIONS

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Planning Your CD’s Future - Developing a Natural Resource Assessment
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- CTAI Practice Standard Update & Q&A
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Part 1 of 2: System Stressors - High Great Lakes Levels & Record Wetness
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Part 2 of 2 System Stressors - High Great Lakes Levels & Record Wetness, A Conversation
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM -- Tech Roundtable: Challenges & Opportunities Associated with COVID-19
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM -- MSUE Manure Management Web-Based Tools


WEDNESDAY, December 16

RECORDED SESSIONS To Be Released at 8:00 AM

  • How to Create Financial Statements for Managers
  • Director's Roles & Responsibilities
  • Livestock Screening Tool & Mapping
  • Poultry 101

LIVE PRESENTATIONS
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: How Did COVID Affect Your 2020 Tree Sale?
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Preparing for Spotted Lanternfly
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Part 1 of 2: CTAI Emergency Watershed Program
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Part 2 of 2: CTAI Emergency Watershed Program
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- Michigan Septic Code Update
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM -- We're All Connected By Water
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM -- How to Create & Read Financial Statements for Managers **Live Q&A**


THURSDAY, December 17

RECORDED SESSIONS To Be Released at 8:00 AM

  • Water Systems for Fresh Produce Production: Wells, Hydrants & Backflow, Oh My!
  • Farmer Stress & Suicide Prevention
  • Engaging River Raisin Farmers in a Sub-surface Water Monitoring Program: A Look into Applicability, Efficacy, and Need

LIVE PRESENTATIONS

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM -- Manager Forum: Director Recruitment & Retention
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Operations Manual, Operations Review, and Grant Progress Review Pilot Project Update
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM -- Fruit & Vegetable Wash Water + Speaker Panel Q&A
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM -- A Social Conversation for Program Ambassadors (1.5 hr session)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM -- CRP Prairie Strip Practices
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM -- The Endangered Species Act & Ecologically Sustainable Forests


FRIDAY, December 18

LIVE PRESENTATIONS

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM -- Preserve Where We Conserve: The Vital Role of CDs in Permanent Farmland Protection
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM -- Soil Health Legislation
  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM -- Manager Forum: Conclusion & Resources from Monday-Thursday Sessions
  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM -- Director Forum

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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