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NRCS Announces New District Conservationist in Fresno

Anita Brown (530) 792-5644 

FRESNO, Calif., January 23, 2019 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jae Lee as the new district conservationist for the Fresno Service Center, which provides Federal conservation assistance to Fresno County.

“I look forward to assisting farmers and ranchers save water, soil, and related resources here in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive regions in the nation and world,” said Lee.

Popular conservation practices in Fresno County include irrigation improvements on cropland and orchards, improving air quality through the replacement of old and inefficient farm-equipment engines, assistance to organic producers, and wildlife habitat, in addition to dozens of other conservation priorities.  

Lee holds a degree in Environmental Studies - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lee grew up in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Peninsula. 

In his 25-year career, Lee has assisted with California private-lands conservation in such agricultural areas as the Pajaro and Salinas valleys, the Bay Delta region, the Tehachapis and inter-mountain valleys of the southern Sierras, the high and low deserts of the Mojave, Owens River Valley, and the lower Colorado River Basin.   

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