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Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

Julie MacSwain

SAINT PAUL, MINN, March 17, 2017– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.

Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce, and nationally, in fiscal year 2016, more than 28,500 people donated 3,012,219 hours of service to NRCS valued at over $7.1 million.

“Volunteers work closely with our staff, and they play an important role in our state’s conservation work,” said Cathee Pullman, state conservationist.

The Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.

Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.

Learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program online at: or by calling (toll-free) 888-526-3227. For more information on NRCS visit