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NRCS Texas State Office Recognizes Earth Team Volunteers

story by Steven Diehl and Suzy Root

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Texas’ state office recently recognized three Earth Team Volunteers for their commitment to the NRCS mission of “Helping People Help the Land.” These individuals donate their time in an effort to put additional conservation on the ground and to assist NRCS employees accomplish tasks with otherwise limited resources.

Charles “Chuck” Damron

Barbara Curler (right) recognizes Chuck Damron (left) for his contributions to conservation. After 20 years in the U.S. Navy, 12 years in the U.S. State Department, and 14 years at Scott & White Hospital, Charles “Chuck” Damron continues to commit his time to public service. An Earth Team Volunteer since 1992, Damron donates his time to financial management, human resources, and contracts. He volunteers his time twice a week to file contract records, destroy old files, duplicate documents, and gather paper for recycling. Barbara Curler, NRCS Budget Officer, praises his commitment to NRCS through the Earth Team Volunteer program.

“Chuck’s been a dedicated volunteer for 21 years,” says Curler. “He puts in a lot of time and effort. He is a very conscientious employee and very valuable to the mission of NRCS here in Texas.”

"This is a good place to work. This is an outstanding place to go even though the pay is low, but it's such a good group of people to work with. I've really enjoyed it," says Damron.

Wesley “Wes” Miller

Retired NRCS Soil Scientist Wesley “Wes” Miller has been an Earth Team Volunteer since September 2006. He is a highly valued asset to the Soil Survey Section. He is very knowledgeable on the Coast Prairie and acts as a consultant for NRCS on hydric soil issues. Miller has conducted training on hydric soils and hydrology of Texas Gulf Coast; this training assisted participants to identify, document, map, and inventory the soil resources involved with soil survey work and conservation programs.

Cecilie “CC” Lane

Ramona, Taylor (right) recognizes Cecilie Lane (left) for her contributions to conservation.As a new recruit to the Earth Team Volunteer program, the NRCS welcomes Cecilie Lane and values her time and willingness to assist the state office public affairs staff. Though Lane joined only six months ago, Steven Diehl, the public affairs administrative assistant, says she has been as asset to the agency, assisting with promotional materials inventory, delivering exhibits to the field, and helping in setting up those exhibits.

"We really appreciate the work she's done with our inventory items and helping with displays,” says Diehl. “We look forward to working with her in the future.”

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from South Arkansas University (SAU) with a Bachelor in Accounting, Lane hopes that volunteering will help her achieve her professional goals.

"I'm really thankful for the opportunity and the experience," says Lane.

For more information about the Earth Team Volunteer program, please visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/volunteers/ or your local NRCS office.