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Montana Names 2013 Earth Team Volunteer of the Year

Shanna Huckins
(406) 962-3641 x101

Bozeman, Mont. — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana recognized Erik Warrington as the 2013 Montana Earth Team volunteer of the year.  Warrington started volunteering in the Missoula NRCS Field Office in late 2012.  The Earth Team is NRCS’s volunteer workforce.   Volunteers work alongside conservation professionals helping conserve, improve and sustain Earth’s natural resources. 

“Our volunteer program gives people an opportunity to learn more about conservation and to contribute their time and talents to helping people help the land,” said Montana NRCS State Conservationist Joyce Swartzendruber.  “We thank Erik and all of our volunteers for their work to conserve and enhance the natural resources in Montana.”

A full-time student studying Forest Resource Management at the University of Montana, Erik assisted the Missoula Field Office with forest inventory data collection and analysis, certifying practices and drafting forest stewardship plans.

“Erik’s hard work, determination and charisma are admired by field and area staff and district personnel,” said Missoula’s Soil Conservation Technician Travis Lemke. “The resource data he helped collect will be used to generate grazing plans and forest management plans for a number of farmers and ranchers throughout the area.”

The Earth Team offers outstanding and exciting opportunities for people who need professional work experience, academic credit or the satisfaction of becoming a caretaker of natural resources in their community. If you want to learn more about the NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program in Montana, contact Shanna Huckins at or visit our website at

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