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CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS HONORED DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

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Amelia Hines

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WATKINSVILLE, GA, April 6, 2014 --- USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 6-13, by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce, and nationally, in fiscal year 2013, more than 22,000 people donated 330,084 hours of service to NRCS worth approximately *$7.3 million.

“Volunteers work closely with our staff, and they play an important role in our state’s conservation work,” said Greg Kist, Georgia’s acting state conservationist.

Throughout Georgia, volunteers continue to make an impact in conservation by assisting NRCS staff in covering more ground and reaching more customers. Georgia’s Earth Team Volunteers are out in the field leaving their mark by helping people, help the land and sharing that message with others.

“We are grateful for the help, but we also recognize much more conservation work needs to be done,” Kist said.

Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources.

Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.

Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.

Learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program online at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/volunteers or by calling (toll-free) 888-526-3227. For more information on NRCS visit http://www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov.

*Note: The Value of Volunteer Time to the Agency is $21.79/hour as established by the Independent Sector and utilized by the Federal Interagency Team for Volunteerism.

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