Staff Contact: Erin Hayden
Louisiana Earth Team State Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:(985) 839-5687, Ext. 3
What is the Earth Team?
In 1981, Congress authorized the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, to accept volunteers to increase soil and water conservation efforts, and to do this by working closely with Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Earth Team volunteers work side by side with professionals from NRCS, helping protect and conserve the earth's natural resources. By volunteering, you will help your community, your country and our earth. Earth team members also meet new people, learn new skills and help accomplish conservation work throughout the state. It's fun and easy. The mission of the Earth Team is to provide an effective volunteer workforce within NRCS to help people conserve, improve and sustain our resources and environment.
Volunteers can help expand efforts in soil and water conservation. Anyone 14 years or older and interested in saving our precious soil and water can join the Earth Team. Volunteers may work part-time, full-time, outdoors or in an NRCS office. Help reduce soil erosion, conserve our water and improve its quality, carry the conservation message to schools, and take pride in our country's natural resource heritage. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer opportunity for you.
On Monday April 26, 2010, the Louisiana’s Earth Team - Fast Food Farm group was presented with a national award at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) headquarters in Washington, DC. The Earth Team Group Volunteer Award recognized one outstanding volunteer group in each of our three geographic regions, from among whom one national winner was selected. New River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Secretary and Earth Team Volunteer, Gayle Roussel, accepted the award on behalf of the FFF group. The volunteer group provides service to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Donaldsonville Field Office in Convent, Louisiana.