NRCS conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners through these programs. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.
Local work groups (LWG) support the locally led conservation effort by coordinating USDA programs with other federal, state, tribal, and local conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.
The State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) provides recommendations to the NRCS State Conservationist on NRCS-related issues in California. These issues include: implementation of NRCS programs, advice and comments on NRCS practice standards, and others.
Technical Service Providers (TSP) are conservation professionals from the private sector, non-profit organizations, and public agencies that can provide direct technical assistance and deliver conservation services to landowners and others on behalf of USDA.
The Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) is the primary scientific reference used by NRCS in conservation activities. This guide is now available on-line as the electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG).
Alan Forkey, Program Manager