In this Issue:
- Passing the Torch – By Renee Bouldin
- Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days Recap
- 2022 Winter Conference Survey
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. Passing the Torch
By Renee Bouldin, Outgoing Executive Director
It is with great pleasure that I announce Abigail Elder as the Board’s choice for the next Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society Southern New England Chapter (SWCS SNEC). I’m excited to see how she makes the position her own and helps the Chapter grow.
I look forward to working with Abby as we transition into this new period for the organization. I expect to see a lot more of her and SNEC in my new role as the Chapter and Community Builder for the SWCS national organization. In this position I will be responsible for SWCS chapter outreach and support, a role I would not have received without the knowledge and experience I gained from my tenure with SNEC.
My first few weeks with SNEC were a whirlwind. It was an exciting time – knowing that I had found my niche in the conservation field. There was a lot to learn in this role. But through trial and error, and with the support of an amazing Board and community, we were able to accomplish great things over the past two years. I am incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, specifically – bringing us monthly newsletters, creating an outreach strategy to grow SNEC, implementing a student internship program, and organizing our past four events:
2020 Annual Summer Meeting – COVID-19: Early Implications for Agriculture
2020 Winter Conference – Lights Up: Sustainable Solar in New England
2021 Annual Summer Meeting – Urban Soils & Environmental Justice
2021 Erosion & Sediment Control Fall Field Days
Through these challenging times, SNEC has grown and adapted – developing connections and strengthening our community. I count myself lucky that I had the pleasure of learning from this organization and our partners. I know that collaboration will continue as I step into my new role with SWCS national. I will be available through firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you all at future SNEC events and maybe even at the upcoming 77th SWCS International Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado July 31- August 3, 2021!
With all the best,
2. 2021 Fall Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days Recap
The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society hosted our 2021 Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days as a hybrid event on Wednesday October 6th & Thursday October 7th.
The event combined virtual presentations and hands-on, outdoors demonstrations. Attendees enjoyed virtual speaker presentations on Zoom on Day 1 and in-person demonstrations at the Tolland Agricultural Center on Day 2. Recordings were made available to all attendees, who can view them and take quizzes for credit.
Thank you to team EJ Prescott for helping us host this event!
3. 2022 Winter Conference Survey
We’re planning our 2022 Winter Conference!
Give us your thoughts on potential topics, event timing, and format by taking this quick 1-minute survey.
4. Upcoming Events
SWCS Empire Chapter
Virtual Annual Meeting
Tuesday November 16th, 2021
Empire Chapter SWCS Business Meeting & Election of Officers will be from 9:00-9:45am. Featured speakers presentations will begin at 10am.
Presentations will focus on Agriculture’s Role in Climate Mitigation, the potential for carbon markets and offsets for New York State, and Erosion and Sediment Control in a Changing Climate
Held with American Farmland Trust.
How to Plan and Facilitate an Engaging Virtual Meeting
Tuesday November 16th , 2021
What are the critical steps required to design and deliver a virtual meeting? How do you keep your participants actively engaged and involved? What types of visuals inspire and help to anchor information? This training is packed with clear, practical strategies that you’ll be able to easily apply.
Comments from past participants include:
“It was interactive and dynamic.”
“A superb demonstration of how it can be done!”
“The content was incredible.”
5. Job Opportunities
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
NESAWG’s purpose is to harness the power that exists in our multi-sector regional network to catalyze meaningful change toward a sustainable and just food system. NESAWG is seeking an Executive Director to lead our organization and steward our mission, vision, and goals into the next phase of our organizational development.
Apply by Nov. 1st!
Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Marine Ecology/Biological Oceanography.
SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts