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USDA Announces New District Conservationist in Trinity County

David Sanden (530) 691-5847
Jenna Ganoung (530) 784-2031

WEAVERVILLE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2018 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenna Ganoung as the new district conservationist at the NRCS field office in Weaverville, California.

Originally from Moreno Valley, California, Ganoung studied at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, beginning in 2003 as an Animal Science major, and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Resource Science at Humboldt State University in 2008.

She has worked for NRCS since 2006, first as a student participating in the Student Career Experience Program in Humboldt County, working out of the Eureka field office, and then as a soil conservationist in Weaverville and rangeland management specialist in Redding.

“During my career with NRCS, I have had the opportunity to gain experience working in various ecosystems across Northern California, including north coast forestlands, coastal grasslands, mountain meadows, vernal pools, annual grasslands, oak woodlands, irrigated pastures, sierra grasslands, and sage brush communities,” said Ganoung. “I love having the opportunity to help address resource issues among California’s diverse landscapes, especially one-on-one with the landowners who manage them.”

In 2016, Ganoung was one of twelve selected to participate in the NRCS California Leadership Program in which she committed 18 months of her career to advance her skills in leadership, self-awareness and team collaboration.

“I am thrilled to be back working in Trinity County especially during a time when wildfires are more common and protecting our forest and wildlife resources is so critical,” Ganoung said.  “Many of the local partnerships I began to build on ten years ago as a soil conservationist here have picked up right where they left off.”

Popular conservation practices in Trinity County include brush management, tree pruning, forest stand improvement, creating fuel breaks, addressing erosion concerns on access roads, installing fences and watering facilities, and woody residue treatment.

NRCS is a federal agency that 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