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NRCS Signs MOU with Texas Forest Service

NRCS Signs MOU with Texas Forest Service

Story by Jeanna Childers

On March 31, 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Texas Forest Service (TFS) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas (NRCS-TX) was formalized and sealed with an official signing ceremony in Temple, Texas. This MOU, the first between the agencies, was signed by Donald W. Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas, and Tom Boggus, TFS director and state forester. These agencies have long worked together in cooperation to provide assistance to Texans while addressing mutual natural resource management concerns.

The MOU culminates and formalizes a long-term commitment to the conservation and stewardship of Texas� natural resources. This MOU will strengthen cooperation between TFS and NRCS Texas by coordinating interagency delivery of forestry-related conservation assistance to private landowners in order to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of Texas� private working lands � forestland, cropland, pasture, and rangeland.
 
This increased coordination and collaboration is essential to provide assistance to a changing customer/owner base in Texas. Strong partnerships at the State level will make it possible to be more effective in assisting non-industrial private landowners (NIPL), thereby increasing natural resource benefits from working forest lands. This State MOU represents a formalized commitment between the two agencies to accomplish conservation goals and missions more effectively.

TFS and NRCS Texas will work together to ensure that respective program resources are used in a way that is effective, strategic and complementary, while focusing on priority areas identified in Texas.

Donald W. Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas, and Tom Boggus, TFS director and state forester

MOU signed by Donald W. Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas, and Tom Boggus, TFS director and state forester.