Astor Boozer, Regional Conservationist (West)
Astor Boozer, returned to Washington, DC after serving as the State Conservationist of New York from 2009 to 2012. Upon returning he took on the position of Regional Conservationist for the West Region.
Astor oversees the conservation programs and activities of the 13 West region states. Through his leadership, NRCS has strengthened its partnership activities and relations within the region and worked to improve private and public lands conservation. Astor has worked to address animal, plant and soil health throughout the region and has worked to leverage partner dollars for additional boots on the ground to deliver conservation.
Astor has been with NRCS for 28 years. His career started in Texas as a technician. He has worked in eight states and held over 15 positions, including Technician, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, National Program Manager for Conservation Reserve and Healthy Forest Reserve Programs, and many others. This experience has given him the skills to address existing conservation problems while looking for future needs and changes, utilizing the many technical and financial assistance programs available to landowners.
A native Texan, the West is close to his roots, he grew up on a farm and ranch cow calf operation where he learned about crop and beef production, conservation, wildlife habitat and caring for the land.
Astor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University. He loves and played many sports and still claims to be a weekend warrior. He values outdoor activities and tries to hunt and fish during his spare time. Astor is also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.