Rick Ellsmore attends NACD Congressional Meetings
March 19, 2013
New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts President, Roger Noonan, and First Vice President, Linda Brownson, visited Congressional members and staff to discuss the important roles that conservation programs play to benefit NH citizens, wildlife, and rivers as part of a national NACD "Fly-in" where members from across the country meet with Representatives and Senators. Rick Ellsmore, NH NRCS State Conservationist accompanied the NHACD members to answer questions.
In the morning, Noonan, Brownson, and Ellsmore met with Legislative Correspondent, Tony Hobbs of Representative Carol Shea-Porter's office. The group then met with Representative Ann Kuster, Deputy Chief of Staff, Emily Mellencamp Smith, and Legislative Assistant, Derek Torrey. On the Senate side, Noonan, Brownson, and Ellsmore met with Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Legislative Assistant, Emily Lynch, Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor, Robert Diznoff and Legislative Correspondent Erica Anhalt, of Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office. Ellsmore said, "it was a pleasure to be invited to answer any questions that came up about the NRCS, its programs, and our budget and it's inspiring to speak face-to-face with our legislators and hear their support for conservation in New Hampshire and the Nation."
After the Fly-in meetings, State Conservationists, former NRCS Chief Dave White, NACD Members, Representatives and Senators attended a congressional reception hosted by the National Association of Conservation Districts in the House Agriculture Committee Room in the Longworth House Office Building affording everyone more opportunity to discuss conservation issues, share ideas, and network in an informal setting.