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New Hampshire NRCS Employee Recognized by N.H. DES for Outstanding External Partnership

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Jeremy J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist
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Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Soil Scientist Karen Dudley collects soil samples alongside N.H. DES for the National Wetlands Condition Assessment August 2, 2016. Dudley was recently awarded with an Outstanding External Partnership Award from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for the support and collaboration she provides for years between the state and federal agency. (Courtesy Photo, N.H. DES)

 

DOVER, N.H., January 20, 2021 – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (N.H. DES) has recognized a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employee for her contributions to the state agency in 2020.

            Karen Dudley, a Resource Soil Scientist from NRCS in New Hampshire, was one of six individuals that received an Outstanding External Partnership Award from the state agency.  Dudley’s contributions were recognized for the strong partnership she has maintained between the state and federal agency over many years. The award was presented during a virtual conference held in December of 2020.

            Working with N.H. DES for the National Wetlands Condition Assessment, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Soil Scientist Karen Dudley collects soil samples in Orford N.H. Dudley was recently awarded with an Outstanding External Partnership Award from the New Hampshire Department of Envi“Karen Dudley is a critical partner to the Alteration of Terrain [AOT], Subsurface, and Wetland bureaus,” said Thomas O’Donovan, P.E., director of the N.H. DES Water Division. “Karen’s soils expertise has been integrated into the training, regulations and operations for the bureaus. In each instance, the bureaus saw a need and Karen was their go-to solution.”

            Dudley was cited for her work on clarification, technical analysis, mapping, and regulatory guidance to the N.H. DES’s AOT bureau and for providing training to those staff members. She was also commended for assisting N.H. DES’s Subsurface bureau as the regional expert and assisting in the administration of the field exam for licensing septic designers in state. The data and test pit soil logs collected by Dudley were used to grade the exams.  Dudley was further recognized for collaborating with Mary Ann Tilton of the N.H. DES Wetlands bureau in a three-part Hydric Soils training for staff by providing remote training, developing companion field sites, and providing technical assistance.

            “I’m grateful to receive this award and thank the New Hampshire DES, for that honor” said Dudley. “I find it very enjoyable to work with people out in the field; especially helping them to learn about soils and how to interpret them for their specific land use purposes. I look forward to continuing to work together.”

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Soil Scientist Karen Dudley (left) meets with beginning farmer and landowner, Noah Dumont (right) to discuss his property boundaries before examining soils on the farm as part of a Highly Erodible Land (HEL) review in Loudon, N.H. November 20, 2020.  The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services recent honored Dudley as an outstanding External Partner during their virtual conference in December. Her support and ability to maintain collaboration with the state agency was cited as a critical role between the two agencies. (Natural Resources Conservation Service photo by Jeremy J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS, N.H.) Karen Dudley (right) explains the collection of soil samples to a group of New Hampshire Natural Resources Conservation Service employees during a “Working with Organic Producers” course at the Tuckaway Farm in Lee, N.H. November 6, 2019. Dudley, a Resource Soil Scientist was recently awarded with a

            “NRCS has been a valuable partner to educate the staff and the public on understanding wetlands and soils, and our partnership with NRCS is exemplified by the vital work of Karen Dudley,” said O’Donovan during the award presentation.

 Karen Dudley (right) explains the collection of soil samples to a group of New Hampshire Natural Resources Conservation Service employees during a “Working with Organic Producers” course at the Tuckaway Farm in Lee, N.H. November 6, 2019. Dudley, a Resource Soil Scientist was recently awarded with an Outstanding External Partnership Award from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for the support and collaboration she provides between the state and federal agency. (Natural Resources Conservation Service photo by Jeremy J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS, N.H.)           “We are extremely proud of the hard work that Karen has done, and we are excited that she has been recognized by DES for her effort,” said Becky Ross, State Conservationist for NRCS in New Hampshire. “Partnerships with other organizations such as New Hampshire DES are  a vital part of this agency’s ability to get conservation on the ground in our state and it is through the hard work of our dedicated employees like Karen that we are able to carry out that important mission.”

            Dudley, who has been with NRCS since 1993, has cultivated an ongoing and well-established relationship with the state agency and often provides the data, soil sampling logs, and scientific and technical input required by DES to make decisions for their organization. 

            During the partnership, Dudley has also provided training to the agency based on the information that she gathers for her work with NRCS. This mutually shared data allows for the collaboration between the state and federal agencies to ensure that appropriate determinations are made based on soil science data and that conservation efforts in the state are more impactful.

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Soil Scientist Karen Dudley collects soil samples at a farm in Nottingham, N.H. April 7, 2013. Dudley was recently awarded with an Outstanding External Partnership Award from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for the support and c

 

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