On Wednesday, February 22nd, IASCD joined with the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District, the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District, the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission Chairman Dick Bronson in a meeting with Congressman Raúl Labrador (ID-01). We all shared our background and a bit about our unique partnership with the federal and state government.
“As a fourth generation farmer, it’s vital that I use conservation practices on my land,” Latah SWCD Supervisor Cody Anderson told Congressman Labrador.
Scott Koberg, District Manager for the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District, explained Ada’s urban focus on conservation. “This was a great opportunity to talk with our Congressman and share why districts are best suited to preserve and sustain our natural resources.”
Lynn McKee, Vice-Chairman for the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District, told Congressman Labrador that the impacts of district work hits on all facets of the natural resource economy in Idaho. “A stream or river full of sediment means we won’t see fishermen coming to a town to buy tackle, families camping on the river, or the local rafting company’s boats full of tourists. Our work truly does ripple out into all parts of our state’s economy.”
Congressman Labrador was impressed with the non-regulatory conservation work our districts have done and continue to do each day in Idaho. He accepted our offer to provide expertise on the Farm Bill as the bill goes through the House and Senate.
Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission Chairman Dick Bronson stressed that non-regulatory, voluntary conservation is the way to prohibit overreaching environmental mandates from Idaho’s private land owners. Chairman Bronson told the Congressman very plainly, “Conservation, when dealing with private landowners, is a place where government works.”
“I really appreciate when our federal partners take time from their schedule to learn more about what we’re doing at the local level, and to listen to what our needs and concerns are for the state of Idaho,” concluded Steve Becker, IASCD Treasurer.
If you live in Congressman Labrador’s district, please share your conservation story with him! You can FAX your letter to 202-225-3029. Also, be sure to subscribe to his eNewsletter to keep up on all things happening in Congress.
Photo Courtesy: Congressman Raúl Labrador’s office. Thank you!