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NRCS Announces New District Conservationist in Hollister

Anita Brown (530) 792-5644

HOLLISTER, Calif., January 14, 2019 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Booth as the new district conservationist for the Hollister Service Center, which provides service to San Benito and Santa Clara counties.

“Maintaining and growing strong local partnerships is my primary goal for this field office,” said Booth. “In addition, I aim to leverage regional expertise to increase participation within the agricultural community in ways that dovetail our Agency’s goals.”

Popular conservation practices in San Benito and Santa Clara counties include irrigation improvements on cropland and orchards, assistance to organic producers, and wildlife habitat, in addition to dozens of other conservation priorities. 

Booth holds a degree in biology from California State University at Bakersfield. Booth is a native of Kern County and was raised in Modoc County. Growing up, his backyard was adjacent to the 33,000-acre Modoc National Forest where he says that he developed his first notions about needing to care for the land.

His conservation background includes three seasons with the Central Modoc Resource Conservation District (RCD) implementing riparian habitat reconstruction on the Pit River Watershed, four years as an air quality technician for the California Association of RCDs, and ten years as a soil conservation technician and soil conservationist with NRCS in Kern County.  

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