Pennsylvania NRCS Partnerships
The National Conservation Partnership
The National Conservation Partnership is the dynamic relationship between federal, state, and nonprofit groups that have pledged to jointly provide national conservation leadership.
Independently, Partnership members have separate responsibilities for sustaining the environment and conserving the nation's natural resources. As partners in conservation, they speak with a unified voice and act to realize a common vision: A productive nation in harmony with a quality environment.
The National Conservation Partnership commitment involves:
- Listening and responding to customers' local resource conservation needs;
- Fostering economically viable environmental policies;
- Advocating a total natural resources approach to conservation;
- Maintaining and advocating grass roots conservation delivery systems.
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 75 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.
The National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) is a coalition of state conservation agencies across the country. These agencies 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.
Other land decision makers
Other Federal agencies
Local and State 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