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Federal Government Conservation Partner of the Year

Leech Accepts AwardUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Carolina was awarded the Federal Government Conservation Partner of the Year award from North Carolina’s 23 local land trusts.

The award was given during the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s annual awards at the 2017 Land Trust Assembly in Hendersonville on Wednesday, May 24. The NC Land Trust awards are given annually to businesses, nonprofits, governments, and individuals who lead efforts to protect streams, farms, parks, forests, and trails that help provide safe drinking water, clean air, fresh local foods, and abundant recreational opportunities for all North Carolina families.

“NRCS’ dedication to, and support of innovative partnerships has assisted Blue Ridge Forever partners to access federal funding for farmland preservation at a scale never before seen in WNC. It’s also brought a greater diversity of community partners together, and helped land trusts deepen relationships with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts,” said Blue Ridge Forever Coalition Director Jess Laggis. “As a result, we achieve better conservation outcomes, and conserve more land to protect the quality of the mountain headwaters flowing through our farms.”

"Cooperative conservation partnerships are vital in our efforts to help North Carolina landowners enhance, sustain and protect their lands and natural resources," said State Conservationist Timothy Beard. "This recognition isn't a reflection of NRCS, rather a symbol of partnerships and our joint efforts."

Representing and accepting the recognition for NRCS was NRCS Soil Conservationist Renee Leech, pictured above.

Quote from Laggis provided by Conservation Land Trust for North Carolina. 

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