Some people might claim that Mark Nussbaum is nuts about his trees.
However, Nussbaum, selected 2010 Tree Farmer of the Year by the Missouri Tree Farm Committee, probably would tell you that the 610-acre family farm near Jackson is about a lot more than just trees; it's a hobby, a continuation of a three-generation family operation, a source of recreation, a means to improving natural resources, and a parenting tool.
If Aaron Schulz mentions that his tenure as an Earth Team volunteer ended up being for the birds, he means it. Schulz has been volunteering with the NRCS office in Butler County, Missouri, since 2008, when he was a student at Poplar Bluff High School.
When NRCS Civil Engineer Technician Mike Holcer flew into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with five members of the Chillicothe Cornerstone Church, he saw hundreds of blue tents dotting the island. His goodwill trip to Haiti, an island just slightly smaller than the state of Maryland, came four months after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the country of nearly 9.7 million people.
Louise A. "Skip" Mourglia ran a forest consulting business for 20 years before joining NRCS as a soil conservationist (forestry) in 2002. She says this career change gave her new tools to help people help the land.
Sarah Szachnieski likes horses. She also likes her job as an NRCS resource conservationist in Warren County, Missouri. So finding a way to incorporate her interest in horses into her job seemed only natural.
Lynn Leimkuehler has all the same job challenges as others in the high-workload NRCS offices in northwestern Missouri. But Leimkuehler, resource conservationist at Carrollton, Missouri, has the added challenges of performing his duties as a paraplegic.