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Earth Team Volunteers

Earth Team Volunteers

Vision: Productive partnerships with volunteers to achieve a quality environment for soil, water, air, plant, and animal; energy; and the human resource.

Mission: The mission of the Kansas Earth Team is to provide leadership and administer a volunteer program to help people help the land.

Since the organization of local conservation districts in the 1930s, people have volunteered their time and talent to assist the NRCS in getting conservation on the land. Through the decades, volunteering has remained an important part of America’s conservation movement. Expanding the volunteer concept, congress passed legislation in 1981 that provided authority for NRCS to use volunteers.

It wasn't until 1985, when the Farm Bill increased the agency's workload, that leadership encouraged all states to begin using the National Volunteer Program to help achieve the agency's mission.

In 1985, the National Volunteer Program became the Earth Team – the volunteer arm of NRCS. The purpose of the Earth Team is to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help meet agency needs.

Earth Team Committee

Coordinator Area of Responsibility Location Phone Number
Toni Flax State Volunteer Coordinator Hill City 785-421-2115
Shaina Ott Area 1 Coordinator Hill City 785-421-2115
Amber Sanko Area 2 Coordinator Kinsley 620-659-3142
Ethan Walker Area 3 Coordinator Iola 620-365-2901
Mechelle Foos Area 4 Coordinator Troy 785-985-2221
Josh Boisvert State Office Coordinator Salina 785-823-4572

Earth Team Volunteer Stories


Minutes of Earth Team Coordinators' meetings

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Resources and Related Information


Toni Flax