West National Technology Support Center
The WNTSC staff is made up of an interdisciplinary Technology Transfer and Assistance Team, and three special emphasis teams assigned to acquire and develop science-based technology. The special emphasis teams located at the West National Technology Support Center are Energy, Air Quality and Atmospheric Change, and Water Quality and Quantity.
Leadership and coordination for technology transfer within the West Region is provided by the West Region Technology Work Group (WRTWG). The WRTWG is composed of the State Resource Conservationist from each of the West Region states plus six State Conservation Engineers and two State Soil Scientists. A West Region State Conservationist serves as an advisor to the Work Group.
Director of the West National Technology Support Center
A native of McMinnville, Oregon, Amanda started her NRCS career in 1994 as a student trainee in the McMinnville Field Office. Since then, she has held a number of positions with NRCS across the country including: Soil Scientist for the Crook County, Oregon Soil Survey; Digital Map Finishing Team Leader for the Pacific Northwest Soil Survey Regional Office; GIS Specialist/Soil Scientist for NRCS’s National Geospatial Development Center in West Virginia; State Soil Scientist for Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC; Management Analyst for the NRCS Regional Conservationists’ Office in Washington, DC; and Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy for NRCS Kentucky. She also completed details as the NRCS Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative Coordinator and with the National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Directorate Business Office. Amanda earned a B.S. in Soil Science with minors in Range Management and Forestry from Washington State University and an M.S. in GIS and Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda returned to Oregon in 2019, where she served as the State Resource Conservationist for NRCS Oregon before joining the WNTSC as the Director in July 2022.
Technology Transfer and Assistance Team
The Technology Transfer and Assistance Team consists of technical specialists of various disciplines responsible for providing direct technical assistance and technology transfer primarily to the thirteen western States and the Pacific Islands Area. Specialists from the Team serve as technical advisors to the West Region Technical consortia.
National Energy Team
The Energy Team develops and delivers information and technology that addresses energy conservation in agricultural systems, and natural resource issues related to the production, utilization, and management of renewable energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and wind.
National Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team
The Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Technology Development Team works with NRCS specialists and policy makers, as well as other Federal, State, University, and private organizations to provide agricultural air quality technology and information to NRCS personnel, NRCS partners, and the public.
National Water Quality and Quantity Team
The Water Quality and Quantity Team develops and delivers cutting edge tools and training to address natural resource concerns related to hydrology and hydraulics, nutrient management, pest management, soil erosion, irrigation water management, agricultural drainage, salinity, and stream restoration.