NRCS is helping the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) implement a conservation plan to restore fish passage, enhance fish habitat, stabilize eroding stream banks, control invasive exotic vegetation and plants trees and shrubs along the Musconetcong River in Warren County. Planning for the project to help restore the river began in 2008 with input from many local, state and federal partners. On Thursday November 10, 2011, the project began with the removal of the Finesville Dam. The majority of the funding for the project is being provided by NRCS through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.
Fourteen employees from NRCS Hammonton, Vineland, Woodstown, and Somerset were among the 44 employees who assembled at Sun Valley Orchards in Swedesboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, to glean the fields in support of the Feds Feed Families campaign in New Jersey. Sun Valley owner Russ Marino and the non-profit organization Farmers Against Hunger joined employees from Farm Service Agency (FSA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), National Agricultural Statistics (NASS), Rural Development (RD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to gather fresh produce from about 30 acres of fields of yellow squash and zucchini.
As his land and business have transformed over the years, Kurt has continually protected the natural resources on his farmland with technical assistance from the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Along with NRCS technical assistance, Kurt has been able to implement some of the conservation practices on his farm with NRCS funding and program support.
In February 2009, one month before the State of New Jersey adopted the Agricultural Waste Management Rule, Professor Kelly Munz, Chair of the Equine Studies Department at Centenary College, knew the law would impact the College’s Equestrian Center at Long Valley. That’s why she didn’t hesitate to call the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Hackettstown after receiving their letter offering to help equine operators plan and implement activities to achieve compliance with the new law.
On September 28, 2010 employees of the NRCS field offices and Soil Conservation Districts were invited to attend a field training day at the Cape May Plant Materials Center. The field day provided a unique way for NRCS and Soil Conservation District employees to understand the role of the Plant Materials Center and how the research applies to various conservation practices.