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Wisconsin Partnerships

Conserving our natural resources is not a one-person job. NRCS succeeds through its partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups.

Types of Partners

Partnerships allow our agency to expand the reach and depth of conservation. The federal, state, and nonprofit groups that comprise our conservation partnerships have a diversity of expertise in discipline, location/area, and focus. As partners in conservation, these groups share their unique areas of expertise and conservation work to put more conservation on the land.

  • Conservation districts
  • Local communities
  • State and federal agencies
  • NRCS Earth Team volunteers
  • Agricultural and environmental groups
  • Conservation Districts Employees 
  • Professional societies
  • Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils
  • Universities
  • Conservation organizations
  • Agribusiness
  • Sportsman Groups
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Learn more about the conservation efforts and successes of our partners and affiliates.

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Leopold Conservation Award

Congratulations to Joe and Christy Tomandl, recipients of the 2022 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award! Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. NRCS is a collaborating partner for the award, which is also given in 22 other states. NRCS Wisconsin Grazing Specialist Adam Abel is featured in the 2022 Sand County Foundation video!

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“The first farm that I ever worked on for any grazing practice was Joe’s. I’ve worked with them countless times throughout the last 20 years. Joe is an open farmer. We can come out here and talk about his successes, what worked… but even more importantly for people who are getting into this – what didn’t work, why it didn’t work, and what you would do differently. That’s invaluable. Those are the people we need to introduce new grazers to.

Adam Abel, NRCS Wisconsin Grazing Specialist

Additional Information

Eric Allness

Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships

John White

State Outreach Coordinator