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Tennessee NRCS Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

USDA Press Release
Natural Resources Conservation Service
675 US Courthouse
801 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Voice 615-277-2533
Email: Dimple.Geesling@tn.usda.gov
Web: http://www.tn.usda.gov
Contact: Dimple Geesling, Earth Team Coordinator
Phone: 931.528.6472

April 8,2014– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, by thanking and honoring its statewide network ofEarth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.

Earth Team is a program that allows NRCS to stretch available resources by partnering volunteers with NRCS employees. These volunteers help to provide private landowners and others with a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.

“Volunteers work closely with our staff and play an important role in conservation in Tennessee,” said State Conservationist Kevin Brown. “Thanks to our great team, we are getting more conservation on the ground, but we also recognize much more conservation work needs to be done.”

In FY13, Tennessee's Earth Team had 625 volunteers donating 9,422 hours of service valued at approximately $205,305.00.*

NRCS recently recognized five Earth Team Award Winners for their significant contributions to the Earth Team program and the conservation of the natural resources in Tennessee.  Earth Team winners included:

Tennessee Partnership Award - Cumberland County Soil Conservation District 

Tennessee Group Award - Washington County Youth Board

Tennessee Individual Volunteer Award - Hill Rogers, Gibson County

Tennessee Employee Award - Rusty Walker, Giles County

Tennessee Volunteer Coordinator Award - Sharon Englett, Hickman County

Created in 1985, Earth Team offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.

Learn more about Tennessee's Earth Team Program by visiting our website: http://earthteam.tnrcs.org/ or contact Dimple Geesling, NRCS Earth Team Coordinator at 931-528-6472 or by email at dimple.geesling@tn.usda.gov. Contact your local NRCS office to learn more about needs in your area.

*Note:  The Value of Volunteer Time to the Agency is $21.79/hour as established by the Independent Sector and utilized by the Federal Interagency Team for Volunteerism.

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