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                                                                                                                                September 22, 2011

Subject: LTP – Conservation Programs Training on October 18 and 19, 2011

Action Required By: October 12, 2011

Purpose. To provide information on attendance for Conservation Programs Training scheduled
for October 18 and 19, 2011.

Expiration Date. September 30, 2012

Conservation Programs Training is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 18 and 19, 2011. This training is intended to provide field staffs with the knowledge and ability to manage administrative and general programmatic responsibilities.

The training will take place in the Bangor/Brewer area, but a location has not yet been secured. Location information and training agenda will be sent to you soon. Topics will include a review of the updated Conservation Program Contracting Manual (Part 512), new features in ProTracts, changes to the payment schedule for 2012, and other pertinent topics.

The following is the schedule for the training:

October 18, 2011 - Tuesday – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
October 19, 2011 - Wednesday – 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

ACTION ITEM: Please send discussion topic suggestions to Susan Arrants at by COB October 12, 2011. These will be accommodated as time permits.

Attendance is required for all District Conservationists and Field Office employees working with programs. Additionally, ACES and District employees assisting in NRCS program delivery are welcome to attend.

ACTION ITEM: Please email the number of people attending from your office to Debbie Gray at by COB October 12, 2011 so that final arrangements can be made.

Employees should travel together as much as possible to conserve energy resources and to keep the use of government-owned vehicles to a minimum.

NRCS employees in the following offices are approved for overnight travel; Scarborough, South Paris, Lewiston, Farmington, Machias, Houlton, Presque Isle and Fort Kent.

ACTION ITEM: For those who will be on travel status to attend this training, make sure to create your Authorization in GovTrip after October 1, 2011 to make sure that the correct Fund Code is attached (new Fiscal Year Codes). Please complete this required action in time for your Authorization to be approved before you travel. You will not be reimbursed if you travel before the Authorization has been approved.

The per diem rate is as follows: Lodging - $77 plus tax and MI&E - $46. The maximum per diem rate is $123. Hotel arrangements should be made on your own.

Contact. If you have questions regarding travel arrangements, please contact Coleen Churchill at 207-990-9551 or by e-mail at

If you have questions or concerns about the training, contact Bill Yamartino, ASTC for Programs at 207-990-9553 or email or Susan Arrants, Resource Conservationist at 207-990-9564 or email

/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist

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