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USDA Announces New District Conservationist in Lassen County

David Sanden (530) 691-5847
Anne Stephens (530) 257-7271

SUSANVILLE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2019 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Stephens as the new district conservationist at the NRCS field office in Susanville, California.

Originally from the agriculture delta of Southeast Missouri, Stephens studied at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy with an emphasis in soils and agri-business in 1988.

Stephens started working for NRCS in Missouri in 1984 as student trainee and began full time as a soil conservationist in 1988. She has worked in three states as a soil conservationist. For the last nine years, Stephens served as Tribal district conservationist for the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.

“I have had the pleasure of working with farmers and ranchers for over 22 years,” said Stephens. “Together we have developed successful grazing systems, improved irrigation efficiency, and developed economical cropping rotations while improving wildlife habitat. There is nothing better than a happy client who is successfully implementing the conservation plan which they developed.”

In 2016, Stephens was one of 15 selected to participate in the NRCS Tri-State Leadership Development Program (Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota), in which she committed nine months to advance leadership skills and work with NRCS management to develop conservation management strategies for NRCS leaders to consider.

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.

Popular conservation practices in Lassen County include range planting, fencing, installation of irrigation and livestock pipelines, irrigation water management, prescribed grazing, forest stand improvement, brush management, and irrigation system improvements.

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