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Celebrating National Volunteer Week and 25th Anniversary of the Earth Team

Auburn, Ala., April 19, 2010

April 18-24, 2010, is National Volunteer Week and this year’s Earth Team Volunteer theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Volunteering!”  The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Earth Team Volunteer Program in Alabama offers volunteers the chance to serve by working on natural resources projects that beautify local communities, helping farmers and ranchers protect their natural resources, or promoting natural resource topics in local media.

“NRCS in Alabama is proud of the dedicated volunteers who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting our natural resources in communities across the state,” said State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett. “If you have skills and experience and want to contribute in new ways, this is an excellent opportunity.   This year we are celebrating two important agency milestones:  the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Soil Conservation Service/NRCS and the 25th anniversary of the Earth Team.”

About 5,589 Earth Team volunteers contributed approximately 45,300 hours in Alabama last year. Their hours of effort and labor amount to more than $944,800 invested in valuable conservation activities.

The NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program, created in 1985, offers numerous opportunities for individuals 14 years of age or older. With ever-increasing workloads and a declining workforce, volunteers are essential in helping NRCS carry out its mission by helping NRCS conservationists with diverse activities, from providing technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects in schools, with organizations, and in offices.  Nationally, more than 35,000 volunteers contributed more than 679,000 hours valued at about $14 million to further NRCS’s mission of helping people help the land.

If you are interested in volunteering in field offices in Alabama, visit your nearest NRCS office.  NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.