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Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

Dianne Johnson

COLUMBUS, OH, April 13, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 15-21, 2018, by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their dedicated commitment to conservation.

The Earth Team is NRCS’ volunteer workforce that partners volunteers with NRCS employees to help improve the nation’s natural resources.  This past fiscal year, Ohio had a total of 4,669 volunteers and led the nation in total Earth Team volunteer hours with 38,051.  

“Volunteers work closely with our staff professionals and they play an important role in Ohio’s conservation work,” said Terry Cosby, State Conservationist in Ohio.  “This valuable resource contributed a service value of more than $918,550* to allow Ohio NRCS to stretch its available resources and help us put additional conservation practices on the ground.  Their volunteer efforts help us improve our land and wildlife habitat, clean our water and air, and help us improve the environment for all Ohioans.”

Created in 1985, the Earth Team volunteer program offers many opportunities to individuals over the age of 14 interested in helping improve the Nation’s natural resources. Cosby said he hopes National Volunteer Week will motivate others to volunteer and help NRCS with their conservation mission.

To learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program or NRCS, visit


**Note: The Value of Volunteer Time to the Agency is $24.14/hour as established by the Independent Sector and utilized by the Federal Interagency Team for Volunteerism.