The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Board of Directors elected Michael Crowder of West Richland, Wash., to serve as the association’s president-elect.
“Michael epitomizes conservation, both in his leadership at the national level and on the ground on his operations in Illinois, Indiana and Washington state,” NACD President Tim Palmer said. “Having worked with Michael closely for several years on NACD’s officer team and on the NACD Board of Directors, I’m confident he is well-suited to champion locally-led conservation in the years ahead.”
Crowder will serve a one-year term as president-elect alongside Palmer, and previously served as the organization’s first vice president. Crowder was first elected to the NACD Officer team in 2017 as second vice president and previously served on the NACD Board of Directors as the Washington state delegate.
“Locally-led conservation is the backbone of conservation delivery,” Crowder said. “It’s an honor to be selected by my fellow district officials to represent and advance conservation work at the national level for farmers, ranchers and my fellow conservationists."
Crowder has a master’s degree in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and spent eight years as an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University. He has served on the board of the Benton Conservation District since 2012 and works closely with the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD). Crowder will be sworn in as president of the national association in February 2021 at NACD’s 75th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La.