Our Local Partners - The Conservation
NRCS was established in
1935 as the Soil Conservation Service in response to the Dust Bowl. There were folks that
knew that the best way to help local people choose conservation and reduce soil erosion was
to involve and empower them. In 1937, the first county Conservation District was formed to
link federal agency resources with the local farmers. Since then, nearly 3000 Conservation
Districts have been organized, including the ten county Conservation Districts we have in New Hampshire.
This partnership between NRCS
and the Conservation Districts is one that was carefully designed. This unique and productive
relationship continues to be a model for providing Federal resources at the local level.
Find out more about locally-led conservation.
The formation of NRCS
and the Conservation Districts recognized that conservation was a problem shared by society.
Solving conservation problems was often beyond the means of a single landowner and, therefore,
needs cooperation and public support. The partnership of Conservation Districts and NRCS is a way to help.
The Conservation Districts
Conservation Districts are the medium by which cooperation can take place through landowners,
state agencies, Federal agencies, programs, grants, and a variety of other partners. Districts
provide help to landowners and others on resource management, land-use planning, and detailed
soils information. Districts set the local priorities, administer grants, facilitate fund leveraging,
and provide a variety of outreach services.
Through the legal powers given to the Districts, they are in a position to seek funding from
public and private sources. The Districts are independent, non-profit, semi-governmental entities.
New Hampshire Conservation Districts on the Web:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS provides technical
standards and guidance on conservation problems. NRCS has soil conservationists, soil scientists,
biologists, foresters, and engineers to assist with conservation planning and implementation.
As an agency within USDA,
NRCS can also provide Federal
funding for many projects. With the Districts providing the guidance on conservation priorities,
this funding can be allocated to those resource needs that are most pressing.
Working together, the NRCS/Conservation District team can really get some conservation on the ground!
The Natural Resource Concerns
Conservation priorities have changed since the years of the Dust Bowl, but the cooperation remains.
NRCS and the Conservation Districts
in New Hampshire are working on the following current conservation issues:
- Water quality
- Farmland protection
- Nutrient management
- Watershed education
- Ecosystem restoration
- Reducing erosion and sediment runoff in rural and urban communities
- And many others
Keeping New Hampshire’s Natural Resources Healthy
That’s what this partnership is all about. Please contact your local
NRCS-county Conservation District
office to find out more about this unique partnership, to volunteer with us through the Earth Team
Volunteer Program, to obtain soil information, or to find out about the
resources available for private land conservation.
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