Berkshire Conservation District (BCD) is a state-mandated agency whose mission is to support local agriculture and environmental sustainability in Berkshire County through education, in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
NRCS helps farmers and other landowners improve and protect their natural resources and 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 is one of more than 3,000 conservation districts across the country. BCD 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?
A conservation district supervisor is a volunteer who serves the people, landowners, and communities within their district to address natural resource issues within the community.
The supervisor is knowledgeable about natural resource issues. They know the people, businesses, agencies and organizations in their community who are affected by these issues, particularly those involve in agriculture. They also know which issues have the potential to affect the health and well-being of human and natural communities within their district.
Supervisors guide the actions and efforts of the BCD. The board holds open public meetings, usually monthly, where any landholder in the county can bring forth conservation concerns or request assistance from the district on matters related to soil, water and natural resources; and district supervisors can discuss, debate and resolve to take action.
Supervisors work cooperatively with landowners, concerned citizens, local governments, community organizations, state and federal agencies and their fellow supervisors to address these matters by seeking out common ground and sensible solutions. They apply available resources in a cost-effective manner. 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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