James Pinsky: Planning for the future

James Pinsky

 

Chances are saving the world won’t happen by accident.

We’re going to need a plan.

The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District agrees, and we have embarked upon updating our own strategic plan for the residents in the counties of Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Frederick and the City of Winchester.

What exactly is a strategic plan? Strategic planning is our process of defining our future direction, and will give us guidance toward future decision making on the allocation of our resources to pursue our strategy. This process can help us both add and subtract skills, resources and capabilities within our organization to ensure we are doing the very best job of serving our residents with your soil and water management needs today, tomorrow and beyond.

Since saving our world impacts all of us, we both want and need to know what you want, need and expect from us as we develop our new plan.

Beginning the last week in January, we will host a series of meetings across the region, all of which are open to the public, where we will inform, educate and engage you in what we hope is meaningful and productive dialogue. We need to know what we are doing well, what we can do better, and what everyone including but not limited to the general public, public and private schools, nonprofits, privates businesses, farmers, local, state, and federal governments wants, needs and thinks about who we are, and what we can and should do to help improve the natural resources within our communities moving forward.

The first meeting is on Jan. 30 and will be held at Warren County Government Center at 7 p.m. Our second meeting will be held on Jan. 31 at the Shenandoah County Government Complex at 7 p.m. Please note, meeting dates and locations are currently being planned for Clarke and Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester during February. Anyone who lives in the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District is welcome, and encouraged to attend any meeting regardless of its geographic location, however attendees should understand we will concentrate the discussion on the needs and services of the local residents.

We look forward to engaging all of you throughout this process.

Warren County Meeting 

7 p.m. Jan 30
Warren County Government Center
Board of Supervisors Room
220 N Commerce Ave, Ste 900
Front Royal, VA 22630

Shenandoah County Meeting

7 p.m. Jan 31
Shenandoah County Government Complex,  Room 100-A
600 N Main St.
Woodstock, VA 22664

James Pinsky is the education and information coordinator for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.  Contact him at 540.465.2424, ext. 104, or james.pinsky@lfswcd.org.