Volunteers Contribute to Soil and Water Conservation
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.
Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce. In Oklahoma, 402 volunteers donated 5,595 hours of service valued at over $120,000 in 2016. Nationally, in 2016, more than 28,500 people donated 3,012,219 hours of service to NRCS valued at over $7.1 million.
“Volunteers work closely with our staff, and they play an important role in our state’s conservation work,” said Gary O’Neill, State Conservationist for NRCS in Oklahoma. “In 2016, all 82 NRCS offices in Oklahoma utilized the assistance of Earth Team volunteers—we couldn’t get this important work done without them.”
Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the Nation’s natural resources. Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.
Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.
Learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program online at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/earthteam or by calling (toll-free) 888-526-3227. For more information on NRCS in Oklahoma visit www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov.
News release: Volunteers Contribute to Soil and Water Conservation (PDF, 93 KB)
Image: Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. (JPEG, 156 KB)