Conservation–Our Purpose. Our Passion. The purpose and passion for conservation is shared among many. It is shared between NRCS employees and partners who help people help the land. And it is shared by the landowners with whom we work. Our passion is manifested through the benefits derived from stewardship of private lands--benefits we all enjoy, such as cleaner water and air, improved soils and abundant wildlife habitat.
Learn about our stories, the stories of conservation made possible through a shared purpose, a shared passion and a shared commitment to conservation.
Arkansas’s row crop producers are using innovative methods to ensure their crops receive the proper amount of moisture throughout the growing season. While cropland in the Arkansas delta is abundant, many years water can be scarce.
Mike Taylor and his son Mikey Taylor, Jr., are producers with a long farming lineage in the Arkansas Delta. Mike’s grandfather started farming in the Phillips County town of Helena in the late 1930s and the family has been farming there ever since. Today, Mike and Mikey, Jr., are the owners and operators of Long Lake Plantation.
After a career with the U.S. Army, Lawrence Conyer returned to Jefferson County. His plan was to grow hay on 23 acres of family land since as a youth he had helped his father grow and harvest hay around the county.
In the Ozarks, glades are treeless or sparsely wooded openings in woodlands, with bedrock at or near the surface. Glades contain some of the richest floras and unique plant communities in North America. Glades feature a rich variety of native grasses and prairie wildflowers, which in turn support an abundance of insects and wildlife.
Four generations of the Chlapecka family have made a living off the rich soils of the Grand Prairie since 1897, when Steve Chlapecka, Jr’s. great-grandfather immigrated to the area outside of Hazen from Czechoslovakia.
Four years into an 8-year Environmental Quality Incentives Program initiative to improve water quality of the Illinois River Sub-Basin and Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed (IRWI) progress is being realized with a portion of the river in Arkansas being removed from the state’s 2014 Clean Water Act section 303(d) impaired waters list.
Christina Spencer, along with her husband, Gary, raise registered Black Angus cattle outside of Powhatan, Ark., in Lawrence County. For the past 8 years, she has worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve her pastures and prescribed grazing system.
A Randolph County man with the long-term goal of broadening people’s perception of what it means to “live off of the land”, was finally afforded the chance to add the one ingredient that would allow him to launch his own campaign– an adequate water source.