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Partner Employees

Partner Employees help us extend our reach. NRCS works with partner organizations to increase staff resources and get more conservation on the ground. These partner employees provide assistance in two ways: with specific resource concerns and with program promotion and conservation planning.Partner Employee Map

Statewide Support for Specific Resource Concerns

We have partner employees who work with NRCS soil conservationists to help provide expertise to address specific resource concerns throughout New Jersey:

Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Region - Kass Urban-Mead

through a partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and New Jersey Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Contact Information:
USDA-NRCS
1971 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road
Columbus, NJ 08022
Office: 609-534-9473
Email: katherine.urban-mead@usda.gov | kass.urban-mead@xerces.org

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
NE Broadway Ste. 200
Portland, OR 97232
Office: 503.232.6639
www.xerces.org

For information on how to conserve pollinator habitat visit:
Xerces Society
Pollinators
 

Program Promotion and Conservation Planning

These partner employees provide support in targeted areas of New Jersey.

  • Kara Hasko, Agriculture Conservation Specialist 
    Partner: Morris County Soil Conservation District
    Works from NRCS office in Hackettstown 908-441-7526 or kara.hasko@usda.gov
     
  • Christian Bench, Agricultural Specialist
    Partner: North Jersey RC&D
    Works from NRCS offices in Hackettstown and Frenchtown, 908-483-2358 or christian.bench@usda.gov

  • Eric VanBenschoten, Watershed Agricultural Outreach Specialist
    Partner: Sussex County Municipal Authority
    Works in Hackettstown NRCS service area, 973-579-6998 x 111 or evanbenschoten@scmua.org  

  • Dan Reynolds, Assistant Watershed Protection Specialist
    Partner: NJ Water Supply Authority
    Works from NRCS office in Frenchtown, 908-483-2361 or daniel.reynolds@usda.gov

  • Ashley Hines, Civil Engineering Technician
    Partner: Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District
    Works from NRCS office in Woodstown, 856-823-3150 or Ashley.hines@usda.gov

  • Zachary Nixon, Agriculture Conservation Specialist
    Partner: Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District
    Works from NRCS office in Vineland, 856-285-7648 or Zachary.nixon@usda.gov

  • Brittany Dobrzynski, Stewardship Specialist – South
    Partner: NJ Audubon
    Works with Vineland and Woodstown856-285-7669 or brittany.dobrzynski@usda.gov

  • Kristin Adams, Aquaculture Specialist
    Partner: Ocean County Soil Conservation District
    Works with NRCS office in Columbus, Kristin.adams@usda.gov

  • Jenna McNally, Agriculture Conservation Specialist
    Partner: Morris County Soil Conservation District
    Works with NRCS office in Hackettstown, Jennifer.mcnally@usda.gov

  • Patricia Hollerbach, Program Assistant
    Partner: Burlington County Soil Conservation District
    Works with NRCS office in Columbus, Patricia.Hollerbach.usda.gov

  • Samantha Loscalzo, Agricultural Outreach Specialist
    Partner: North Jersey RC&D
    Works with NRCS office in Frenchtown, Samantha.loscalzo@usda.gov