About the NRCS National Wetland Team
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has historically (as the SCS) played an important role in the conservation of the nation's natural resources, including wetlands. The statutory requirements of the Food Security Act of 1985 and its 1990 amendments, and the 1993 Federal Wetlands Policy have placed a greater emphasis on the conservation of wetlands in agriculture and the role of NRCS in that regard.
In 1994 NRCS reorganized its technical disciplines and authorized the creation of the Wetland Science Institute to lead the agency in wetland issues including wetland restoration, wetland identification and delineation, wetland hydrology, wetland assessment, and hydric soils. In 2004 NRCS once again reorganized its technology organization. Among other changes in this reorganization, NRCS replaced the Wetland Institute with the Wetland Technology Development Team. The team is currently located in Fort Worth, Texas.
An important step in enhancing and invigorating NRCS' wetland programs has been the development of the NRCS National Wetland Team. The National Wetland Team provides a cadre of technical experts to anticipate and fulfill the diverse needs of NRCS field personnel, program managers, and decision makers. Furthermore, the Wetland Team is a tangible demonstration of NRCS' commitment to wetland conservation.
Develop, adapt, and disseminate wetland science and technology needed to support the technical needs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); in order to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands.
The science of wetlands is characterized by the dynamic emergence and modification of precepts and techniques. Prompt incorporation of new wetland technology to agency programs is critical in order to maintain program credibility, as well as increase field utility.
Our Functions The National Wetland Team serves NRCS and others in the development, interpretation, and application of wetland science by performing the functions listed below:
Develop applied scientific techniques for wetland conservation.
Provide expert technical consultation to NRCS and others for resolving problem areas in the field.
Develop and disseminate NRCS technical documents including handbooks, manuals, technical standards, and other publications to provide state-of-the-art information.
Serve as NRCS technical liaison with government and university research, and with National Technology Centers to ensure the coordination and cooperative development and dissemination of emerging wetland science information.
Serve as resident technical experts in wetland hydrology, hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, wetland wildlife, and other wetland functions; and develop specialized training in wetland science.
Maintains membership on Federal Agency committees involved with wetland issues such as the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee (NRCS), National and Regional Plant Panels (Corps of Engineers - COE), National Technical Committee on Hydrophytic Vegetation (COE), Federal Geographic Data Committee (EPA), and the National Advisory Committee for 1987 Federal Manual regionalization (COE).
Norman Melvin (left), Botanist & Wetland Team Leader
Rich Weber (center) Wetland Hydraulic Engineer
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