Conservation–Our Purpose. Our Passion. The purpose and passion for conservation is shared among many. It is shared between NRCS employees and partners who help people help the land. And it is shared by the landowners with whom we work. Our passion is manifested through the benefits derived from stewardship of private lands—benefits we all enjoy, such as cleaner water and air, improved soils and abundant wildlife habitat. Learn about our stories, the stories of conservation made possible through a shared purpose, a shared passion and a shared commitment to conservation.
“Ancora Imparo” (I am still learning) is the philosophy by which rancher Ted Alexander lives and works. He reminds his fellow ranchers and others that he doesn't have it all figured out, but he has the passion to push onward to improve.
Rick Porter, Lake Region RC&D Coordinator, Ottawa, Kansas, was recently presented with the National Pearlie Reed Award for his Commitment to Excellence in the performance of his duties and leadership in getting conservation on the ground.
Sharla Schwien, district conservationist in the Ness City Field Office, began as a student trainee in 1994. She is always up for a challenge whether implementing the Mobile Office Pilot Project in her county, maintaining her Red Card Certification with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or sparking kids’ interest in conservation.
Ron Davis began developing his passion for the land in 1967 when he was a freshman in high school and the local Soil Conservation Service (SCS) district conservationist, at Lincoln, Kansas, was recruiting for the Neighborhood Youth Corps. Until he graduated from junior college, Ron worked during the summer at the SCS office for the Corps, the conservation district, and SCS as a WAE. Ron learned field work by accompanying the soil conservation technician.
Jane Zook is the conservation district manager for the Pawnee County Conservation District at the Larned Field Office. She enjoys being involved in conservation education and especially working with children. By volunteering, she has been able to bring natural resources conservation into the classroom at the Larned Alternative Learning Center.