“The Berkshire Conservation District helps farmers, landowners and land managers improve and protect their natural resources. In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we offer assistance through education and outreach.”
The Berkshire Conservation District (BCD) has been serving the Berkshires since 1946 as one of more than 3,000 state-mandated agencies across the country that support local agriculture and environmental sustainability, in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which provides landowners with technical and financial assistance to plan and implement conservation practices on private farm and forest lands.
Conservation Districts play an important role in the delivery and implementation of conservation practices that conserve soil, maintain water quality and protect natural resources.
BCD is governed by a board of elected volunteer Board of Supervisors and pursues grant opportunities to expand programming and institute new conservation programs for local landowners and farmers.
Meet The Team
- Adam Galambos – Chair
- Ron Kujawski – Vice Chair
- David Ellis – Treasurer
- Donna Kittredge – Secretary
- Ned Kirchner
- Mike Balawender
- Cynthia Grippaldi
What is a Conservation District Supervisor?
Conservation District Supervisors guide the actions and efforts of the BCD and work closely with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as landowners, concerned citizens, local governments, community organizations, state and federal agencies and their fellow supervisors and staff to address matters pertaining to the conservation of natural resources. A district Supervisor is a volunteer who is knowledgeable about natural resource conservation and sustainable agricultural practices and serves the people and communities within their district. The Board holds monthly public open meetings to discuss conservation concerns and decide how best to approach these through grant-funded programs. A supervisor’s roles and responsibilities are defined by state law, but are not limited by that definition.
Not available to be a Supervisor just yet? Join us as an Associate! BCD Associates assist the board in various duties. Associates are non-voting members of the board that can speak at any meeting, serve on committees, serve as secretary or treasurer, and represent the district. Serving as an Associate is a good way to learn more about the District for those with more limited time to participate.
Please consider joining the efforts of the BCD by becoming a Supervisor or Associate!
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