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About New Hampshire NRCS

New Hampshire's Mission
To provide leadership and administer programs to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources and environment.

New Hampshire's Vision
Preserved, protected, and sustained natural resources in New Hampshire through partnership and leadership.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the lead conservation agency in the US Department of Agriculture. For over 75 years, NRCS has worked cooperatively with soil conservationists, technicians, soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, economists, biologists, foresters and other experts to help landowners and land users with conservation.  We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs and work closely with local partners.  Participation in NRCS programs is voluntary and financial incentives are available in some cases. 

NRCS accomplishes its mission and vision through:

  • Addressing Conservation Problems
  • Collecting and Assessing Natural Resources Data
  • Providing Natural Resource Information and Education 


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Conservation is the work of many NRCS relies on partners to help set conservation goals, work with people on the land, and provide services. Our partners include conservation districts, local, state and federal agencies, and agricultural and environmental groups. The local conservation delivery system is a growing partnership.


Jade NieldMeet New Hampshire's Acting State Conservationist
Jade Nield

Jade began her career with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in 2003, as a civil/field engineer in Warwick, Rhode Island.  Since then, Jade has worked  at the NRCS-Florida State Office in Gainesville, as Agricultural Engineer-Irrigation Specialist and Mobile Irrigation Lab team leader.  She then did a boomerang and landed back at the NRCS-Rhode Island State Office as Assistant State Conservation Engineer.  As Assistant State Conservation Engineer, Jade provided statewide technical oversight, review, and approval of engineering staff design deliverables, developed engineering conservation practice standards, state policy and guidance; served as State Program Manager for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Emergency. Watershed Protection-Floodplain Easements; and supervised engineering staff.  She began her NRCS career in New Hampshire as the State Conservation Engineer before becoming the NH Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy. 

Prior to beginning her Federal service, Jade spent 5 years in the private sector working as a geotechnical engineer for a regional consulting firm, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  in both Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire.

Jade has a B.S. Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and a M.S. Degree in Civil - Geotechnical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jade grew up in southeastern Massachusetts and now lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Jade and her husband have three children: almost 6-year old identical twin girls and a 8-year old boy. Jade enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, hiking, traveling, and practicing yoga.

Photo of Richard EllsmoreNew Hampshire's State Conservationist, Richard P. Ellsmore is currently on assignment in Iowa