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New Mexico Selects Employee of the Month for August 2018

NRCS Contact:
Alicia Rodriguez (505) 761-4421

August 9, 2018

Cody Robertson - Conservation Planning and Program Delivery Process

Albuquerque, N.M. – Cody recognized that applications were being received in Catron County under the approved San Francisco Watershed fund pool that were within the Narrow-Headed Garter Snake critical habitat area. Cody's quick action to recognize the potential to streamline the consultation process for this species increased efficiency for both NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and resulted in timely contract obligations for producers. 

This exceeded normal expectations for a GS-11 Soil Conservationist. Though it is common for Soil Conservationists to recognize the needs of threatened and Endangered Species, it is uncommon for Soil Conservationists to take the initiative to integrate those needs with streamlining the conservation planning and program delivery process. 

Thanks to Cody's effort this resulted in an informal review process on project undertakings within designated critical habitat for the Narrow-Headed Garter Snake. The informal review process speeds up the environmental evaluation process and allows for conservation activities to occur in a timely manner. The informal process eliminates the need for a formal consultation and is less burdensome for both Government agencies and producers. 

Cody will receive an award for his achievement and recognition.

Photo of Cody Robertson, Soil Conservationist out of Silver City



Cody Robertson, Soil Conservationist out of Silver City, on being selected as the NMEOM for August 2018.
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