Ronald C. Page - Natural Resources Conservation Service
As the Soil Conservation Service’s National RC&D Coordinator between 1984 and 1994, Page brought new life to a program that had only one or two applicants for a coordinator vacancy when he started, to as many as 20 applicants within three years of assuming the position. During his tenure, coordinator positions were required to be filled, and training became a focal point for all positions. Courses in RC&D I and II, grantsmanship, and RC&D for Program Assistants were offered plus annual coordinator workshops. These courses equipped coordinators and others associated with the program with the tools to carry out their duties and improved program morale tremendously.
During Page’s tenure, the RC&D program expanded its focus from primarily one of critical area treatment to a combination of conservation and economic development. Councils were encouraged to work on those things important to their particular RC&D area.
One of his main responsibilities was to act as the coordinator for the regional RC&D associations, assisting them with their annual meetings. In 1990, he saw the value of all regions working together as one body. This led to the establishment of the National RC&D Association in 1989, giving one voice to the over 250 councils in existence at the time. This effort reached its peak in June 1994, in Memphis, TN, when over 1200 people associated with the program attended the first ever National RC&D Conference. It was at this meeting when the National Board of Directors presented Page with their President’s Award for “his personal commitment, direction, and assistance to the RC&D Program and the Board of Directors.”
He also pioneered a system for ranking the many applications from areas desiring to become part of this rapidly growing RC&D program. This system kept politics out of the selection process, and allowed the most needy areas to be approved first.
Induction: February 20, 2005 (Charter Member)
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