In This Issue:
- Letter From the President
- Exclusive First Look – Lights Up: Sustainable Solar in New England Conference Agenda
- Our 2021 Outreach Program
- SNEC’s Annual Summer Meeting & Board of Directors Election Results
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
Letter From the President:
This year has brought new challenges to conservation professionals. The pandemic has created new demands for professional work. The massive protests, calling for racial equality, has renewed our strengths in reaching a common goal of justice to all. While these challenges have created new perspectives, the needs of soil and water conservation remain unchanged.
The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society has been active in addressing the professional needs of the region. Our new Executive Director, Renee Bouldin, has been guiding our chapter’s efforts in outreach and professional service by partnering with regional sponsors. We had a successful summer conference with speakers addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on dairy farms and support programs available to farmers to mitigate these effects. An active outreach campaign has been launched by our society to reach new members and new efforts to support the needs of communities and partners in the region. We plan to develop student chapters in the three states, and we have added Moussa Siri as a Student Director to our Board. The incredible leadership of our Board of Directors is leading our Chapter to serve the Southern New England region in better and more innovative ways.
We are looking forward to offering our 2020 conference virtually on December 3rd & 4th. I am thankful to our multiple sponsors and members for supporting us during these unusual times. We are looking forward to the “Lights Up” conference to serve all registrants and sponsors with innovative talks and information that we feel will further our conservation goals in the region.
Our deepest gratitude for staying with us during these difficult times, and we assure you that we will continue to serve your professional needs in a climate of high demand for collaboration and to sustain our planet.
Dr. Timothy Randhir
President, SWCS SNEC
Exclusive First Look! 2020 Conference Preliminary Agenda:
We’re less than a month away from the 2020 SNEC Conference Lights Up: Sustainable Solar in New England! Get an exclusive first look at the conference agenda below –
Thank you to our conference sponsors!
Our 2021 Outreach Program:
In preparation for the Chapter’s 75th Anniversary in 2021, we’ve strategized a new Outreach Campaign with the key goals of –
1. Expanding our community of conservation professionals
2. Supporting students and upcoming environmentalists
3. Be an accessible resource for trainings
SWCS SNEC 2020 Annual Summer Meeting:
June 2020 saw the Chapter’s first online event in our Annual Summer Meeting. We discussed the impact of COVID-19 on local dairy farms in New England. We also announced the results of the Board of Directors Election.
(8:30am EST – 5:00pm EST)
Assessing Soil Health Virtual Webinar:
Practical Measures of the Soil Microbiome:
How do Crop Advisors Use the Data?
Tuesday, November 17th
(12:00pm EST – 1:00pm EST)
SNEFCC – Business Training and Land Access for
Farmers of Color in Southern New England
Applications due by November 9th!
Winter Seasonal Aquatic Biologist I – Quabbin
11/15/2020 – 3/20/2021 (18 weeks) @ 37.5 hours/week: