NRCS's natural resources 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.
When a farmer like Jimmie Fisher from Aztec speaks up and tells his neighbors how conservation improvements have worked for him, people listen. NRCS’s efforts depend on the Jimmie Fishers who have used programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for irrigation improvements - and can tell others about how a conservation effort can benefit them.
If you asked New Mexico rancher Dusty Hunt, a proud member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, what are the good things he is doing for his family and himself, he would include in his list grassland restoration. Sound a little abstract? Not at all.
“The one person who desperately needs to see my watershed improve, is me,” said Hunt. “This is my livelihood.”
Hunt and the Grant Soil & Water Conservation District packaged a 319 grant from the New Mexico State Environment Department with Forest Service and private funds - and some cost-share through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for grassland/watershed restoration in the Mangus Watershed.
Note: For additional information about these programs contact the NRCS Field Office nearest you.