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USDA-NRCS selects new Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Maine

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BANGOR, Maine (Nov. 30, 2021) – An experienced soil conservationist with more than 15 years of service in the area of natural resources has been selected as the new Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maine.

ASTC for Field Operations Brittany HummelBrittany Hummel, who has been with NRCS-Maine since 2014 and is currently serving as the Acting Assistant State Conservationist (ASTC) for Field Operations, will start in the position permanently on Dec. 5.

“Brittany has always worked closely with agricultural producers, landowners, and other service providers in Maine, so she is the logical choice for this high-profile position,” NRCS-Maine State Conservationist Matt Walker said. “Her years of dedicated service in our field offices and state office have garnered enormous respect from her peers, and now she will guide our teams of conservationists across the state in addressing natural resource conservation issues.”

Walker noted that NRCS’ work with farmers, foresters and private landowners is becoming increasingly important as issues like climate change and resource depletion are given more attention. He added that Hummel’s “knowledge and passion for conservation” will help direct those efforts in here Maine.

“This addition to our state leadership team is great news for anyone who cares about the future of natural resources, wildlife, or how we manage our conservation efforts in northern New England,” Walker said.

Hummel grew up in southwest Minnesota, and throughout high school she worked at Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota where she was instilled with a strong interest and reverence for the natural world.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2006 where she double majored in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Policy & Law. She also received minors in Forest Resources and American Indian Studies. During the summers, Brittany worked for the Inventory and Monitoring Division of the National Park Service in the Midwest Region.

Hummel subsequently received her Master of Science degree in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, Orono in 2008. After graduate school, Brittany worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Fish and Wildlife Service before joining the NRCS in Minnesota. She returned to Maine to work with NRCS in the Lewiston Field Office in November 2014, and in August 2015 transferred to the NRCS field office in Belfast, Maine as a soil conservationist. The following year she was selected as the District Conservationist in Belfast and served there until 2018 when she transferred to the state office as a Resource Conservationist for Programs. She has also served on details to the NRCS National Headquarters’ Policy Branch.

“I have always been passionate about leadership and resource management,” Hummel said. “This position will allow me to utilize those passions in directing Maine’s fourteen field offices in their efforts to get conservation on the ground.”

She lives in Veazie, Maine, with her husband Dale and son Henry.

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