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"Green" Volunteer Wins National Award

Earth Team Volunteer Robert Mosier and his friend Marcella Thomas stand in from of a trailer full of refurbished, soon-to-be-donated bicycles.Salina, Kansas, April 14, 2011—The color green is easily associated with Robert Mosier. He’s from Greensburg, Kansas, and is a volunteer involved in an impressive number of green activities. He is a board member of Greensburg Green Town, a non-profit which promotes green building and living; he has started recycling programs; and he travels the U.S. promoting and educating people on “going green,” “green building,” and “green living.”

Now this “green” Kansan is being nationally recognized for his volunteer work to improve the environment. Mosier was recently named the national 2011 Earth Team Individual Volunteer Award winner by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). That means, out of the 32,000 Earth Team volunteers who assist NRCS with their conservation work, Mosier was named their top volunteer for 2011.

Kansas NRCS State Conservationist Eric B. Banks praised Mosier’s selection. “Bob Mosier has been a conservation leader in south central Kansas for many years. He has given selflessly of his time and talent to help the area thrive, improve its environmental practices, and rebound from the 2007 tornado that wiped out 80 percent of Greensburg. He has become well known in Kansas for his many green activities and we are proud to have him as a member of our Earth Team volunteer force,” he said.

NRCS is involved in many “green” activities from helping farmers and ranchers save soil, improve water quality, and increase wildlife habitat to helping communities plan and carry out projects that increase natural resource conservation and support economic development.

Mosier volunteers through two NRCS offices—Sunflower Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) council that is involved in locally led environmental and economic projects and the Greensburg Field Office that works with private landowners on soil and water resource concerns. He helped establish the Sunflower Regional Recycling Program and he aids in the collection of electronic waste in Kiowa County. Bob also helps those in need. He assists with the collection of bicycles to be refurbished and recycled in the “Bikes for Youth” program and participates in the “Kansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry” program by distributing processed and frozen deer meat.

“Bob Mosier’s work shows great innovation and environmental passion,” said Banks. “As a member of our Earth Team volunteer program, he is helping Kansas and the nation green-up, recycle, and grow.”

For more information about becoming an ET Volunteer, Jan Klaus, Kansas ET Volunteer Coordinator, can be reached at 785-625-2588 or go to the Kansas Web site at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov, and click on Earth Team Volunteers.

Sidebar: Earth Team is the official volunteer arm of NRCS. Nationally, in 2010, Earth Team volunteers donated 641,549 hours of service to NRCS worth $13.4 million. Since being formed in 1985, over a half-million Earth Team volunteers have donated $327 million worth of time, in 2010 dollars, to help NRCS with its conservation mission. NRCS State Conservationist Eric Banks said last year 4,136 ET volunteers donated 72,998 hours in Kansas. “That’s worth $1,522,009 of benefit to our customers and the taxpayers,” said Banks. “These are impressive numbers, and we are grateful for the help, but we also recognize much more conservation work needs to be done.”