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NRCS Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Des Moines, Iowa — Last year, 296 Earth Team volunteers donated nearly $290,000 worth of time to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa. "That's more than 13,500 hours," said Richard Sims, state conservationist in Iowa. "These are impressive numbers and we are grateful for the help, but we also recognize much more conservation work needs to be done."

During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, NRCS is celebrating National Volunteer week by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. Nationally, in fiscal year 2011, more than 22,000 people donated 436,000 hours of service to NRCS worth $9.3 million.

Since 1985, more than 500,000 Earth Team Volunteers have donated $336 million worth of time helping NRCS with its conservation mission. Anyone at least 14 years old may volunteer for NRCS through Earth Team.

Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others conservation technical, help build conservation awareness through teaching and put conservation on the ground through community projects.

Sims said he hopes National Volunteer Week will motivate others to volunteer to help NRCS with our conservation mission. 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 visitwww.nrcs.usda.gov.

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*Note: The Value of Volunteer Time to the Agency is $21.36/hour as established by the Independent Sector and utilized by the Federal Interagency Team for Volunteerism. The $314 million figure uses 2010 dollars.

Contact:
Shelly Grimmius, Iowa State Earth Team Coordinator
Phone: 515-284-6655