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Volunteers Receive Presidential Lifetime Service Award

Jerry Hattan & wife Donna, Russell Dorrough

From the left: Jerry Hattan, his wife Donna of Torrington, Wyoming, and Russell Dorrough of Clarksville, Texas.          

Two dedicated Earth Team volunteers of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently received the top honor for American volunteers – the lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Jerry Hattan, of Wyoming, and Russell Dorrough, of Texas, have volunteered more than 4,000 hours with NRCS. 

Both Jerry and Russell were honored for their services at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Both had a chance to meet with Chief Jason Weller, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who both thanked them for their contributions to USDA. To read the full story, click here.


Award winners for 2015







The Earth Needs You - Join Our Team!

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources.

Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they maintain and improve our natural resources and environment on private lands.

The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone.  We need your help in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country's natural resource heritage.

Volunteer for Earth Team


Earth Team volunteers planting trees in Riperian Buffer

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can be an Earth Team volunteer.  You can volunteer part-time or full-time and work outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual or form or join a group.  We have opportunities in every state.


 Working together we can make a difference!

Contact the National Earth Team Staff for more information

Michele Brown
National Volunteer Coordinator 

Bonnie Allely
National Volunteer Liaison


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