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NRCS Earth Team Volunteer in Colorado Receives Regional and National Award

Petra Popiel

2018 ET Volunteer Awardee

April 30, 2018, DENVER, CO – Each year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducts a nation-wide search for its National Earth Team Volunteer of the Year. Colorado is proud to announce the 2017 honoree is Glen Kirmer. This honor is well deserved, and his story of volunteerism is steeped in commitment and dedication. Kirmer was not only named the 2017 national honoree but as the West Regional and Colorado State Earth Team Volunteers of the Year as well.

Kirmer works with the NRCS and Northeast Prowers Conservation District (CD) in the Holly field office  located in southeastern Colorado. “I can’t leave my co-workers and producers hanging,” he says. This helps you understand the nearly 1,100 hours he logged just this past year volunteering.

Today, Kirmer volunteers four days per week assisting field offices with conservation planning and implementation. Before he was a volunteer however, he worked for the NRCS and the District as a technician for six years. Although he continues to work for the CD one day per week, his position with NRCS was term-limited and upon the end of that term Kirmer said his work wasn’t done so he stayed to volunteer. 

With Kirmer’s assistance, NRCS field offices in both Holly and Lamar successfully met deadlines and reached programmatic goals. He also helped the local Library in Holly and the NRCS field staff implement the Ag in the Classroom program teaching kindergartners and first graders important agricultural concepts. As if his plate weren't full enough, he has also found time to provide one on one training to members of the Holly Chapter Future Farmers of America (FFA) on rangeland conservation and basic soil health.

The NRCS Earth Team program began in 1985 to expand the Agency’s services by utilizing volunteer’s time, talent and energy. Volunteers help the Agency accomplish its mission of Helping People Help the Land and they are an integral part of NRCS’s conservation partnerships.