Through the Sentinel Landscapes partnership, NRCS works with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to preserve agriculture and restore and protect wildlife habitat on land near military facilities. Read more about the Sentinel Landscapes partnership.
Cooperative Conservation: Helping People Help the Land
Partnerships expand the reach and depth of conservation on the land.
Individually the federal, state, and nonprofit groups that comprise our conservation partnerships have a diversity of expertise in discipline, location/area, and focus. As partners in conservation, these groups share their unique areas of expertise and conservation work to put more conservation on the land.
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Partnership with NRCS
For the second year, NRCS is partnering with NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) for Phase II of the Diverse Student Engagement Initiative. Through the partnership, NRCS is strengthening the connections between USDA and Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as Predominantly Black Institutions to address shortages and increase participation of underserved and underrepresented students in agriculture, natural resources, and related career fields. The initiative is preparing students for careers with NRCS by identifying pathways through internship opportunities and career sessions. Learn More about NAFEO.
Types of Partners
State and federal agencies
NRCS Earth Team volunteers
Agricultural and environmental groups
Conservation Districts Employees
Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the American people to conserve natural resources on private lands. Formerly the Soil Conservation Service, NRCS brings 60 years of scientific and technical expertise to the Partnership.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the national organization for 3,000 local conservation districts across the country. Conservation districts are local units of government responsible for the soil and water conservation work within their boundaries. The districts' role is to increase voluntary conservation practices among farmers, ranchers and other land users.
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NACD and NRCS: A Partnership for Conservation (17.2 MB)
The National Conservation Districts Employees Association (NCDEA)
The National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA): coalition of state conservation agencies that provide guidance and funding for conservation districts. They operate numerous state environmental, sediment control, and soil erosion prevention programs.
The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC) provides a collective voice for more than 300 local Resource Conservation and Development Councils nationwide. The NARC&DC serves as an advocate and assists local councils to identify and take action on issues and opportunities to improve the quality of life and environment in their communities. Local RC&D Councils are grass-roots community leaders working collectively on behalf of conservation and sustainable development.
Joint Forestry Team
Joint Forestry TeamThe Joint Forestry Team (JFT) was chartered in November, 2007, by NRCS, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), and the USDA Forest Service (FS) to make recommendations that result in coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests, farms, and ranches. In September, 2008, the Chiefs of NRCS and FS and the Presidents of NASF and NACD approved the "joint forestry team" memorandum of understanding, which describes each organization's role and responsibilities and the actions that will be undertaken, both jointly and individually, to improve the delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to private landowners.
Restore America's Estuaries
USDA-NRCS recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Restore America Estuaries that will set the stage for activities designed to maintain and enhance coastal, estuarine and marine habitats and associated species.
- Farmers and Ranchers
- Other land decision makers
- Other Federal agencies
- Local and State governments
- International governments
- Resource Conservation and Development councils
- Rural and urban communities
- Water management groups
- Other individuals, groups, and associations
- And ultimately, every water user and food consumer in the Nation