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NRCS Announces New District Conservationist in Templeton

CONTACT: Anita Brown (530) 792-5644

TEMPLETON, Calif., November 30, 2018 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Phillips as the new District Conservationist for the NRCS field office in Templeton.

“I'm looking forward to continuing the great work of my predecessor Margy Lindquist assisting the agricultural community of San Luis Obispo County, and to maintain and strengthen the partnerships NRCS has developed in the county,” said Phillips.

San Luis Obispo County offers a variety of agriculture and NRCS has many opportunities to assist including irrigation improvements on cropland and vineyards, organic farming practices and rangeland improvement project, to name a few.

Phillips grew up in San Luis Obispo, where she was drawn to the outdoors and found she is happier on the inside when she was outside. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in 1998. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Plant Sciences from Colorado State University in 2007.

While working for the Nevada County Resource Conservation District in 2008 she was introduced to NRCS. She held her first position with NRCS in Rhode Island as a Soil Conservationist in 2010 before returning to California as a District Conservationist for Contra Costa County in 2012. When the opportunity presented itself to return home to San Luis Obispo County, she leapt at the opportunity. Phillips brings many years of experience working with a wide range of natural resources on cropland, rangeland, forestry and urban agriculture.

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