Inspired by a shared passion for conservation, NRCS collaborates with farmers, ranchers, communities, and other individuals and groups to protect natural resources on private lands. Working side-by-side with these customers, we identify natural resource concerns, such as water quality and quantity issues, soil erosion, air quality, wetlands and wildlife habitat, and develop unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources. Funds to implement these plans are made available in Farm Bill programs that share the cost of conservation for the benefit of the farm, the watershed, and the community. Conservation easement programs, also in the Farm Bill, provide long-term options. NRCS helps New York and the Nation balance economic goals with the needs of the environment – ensuring sustainable productive lands supply food, fiber, forest products, and energy for all citizens.
Natural Resources Conservation Service History
The NRCS History Web page presents links to historical publications and articles about the roots of the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), the formation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and their partnership with SCS, and the people responsible for the early twentieth century conservation movement in the United States.