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NRCS Announces New District Conservationist

Anita Brown (530) 792-5644

TULELAKE, Calif., October 1, 2018 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison West as the new district conservationist for the NRCS field office in Tulelake.

“I would like to focus on engaging the local Resource Conservation District and other partners to better serve the customers in the region,” said West.

Popular conservation practices in Modoc and Siskiyou counties include irrigation improvements on cropland and actions to protect Sage Grouse, including tying reflective flags onto barbed wire fencing and removing invasive juniper trees. 

West has been working for NRCS for over 10 years in the Tulelake Basin Project Office, serving as a wildlife biologist and conservation planner. She has worked on a variety of Farm Bill programs, from conservation easements to stewardship programs, to address resource concerns on cropland, forestland, rangeland and pasture.

West was born and raised in southern Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University. She has also completed college credits in food crops, forage production and range management from Oregon State University.

She hopes her experience delivering conservation programs and knowledge of the basin will allow for a smooth transition into this new role as District Conservationist.

NRCS is a federal agency the works in partnership with resource conservation districts. With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” NRCS provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands.

More information on NRCS’ products and services can be found on the NRCS California web site at