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Local Working Groups

Federal Regulation sets forth procedures for establishing and using the advice of Local Working Groups to assist in making technical recommendations relating to the implementation of natural resource conservation activities and programs. Locally led conservation is based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to deal with local resource problems. 

Local Working Groups are the community, working through the local conservation district, and include local conservation district officials, agricultural producers representing the variety of crops and livestock or poultry raised within the local area, nonindustrial private forest land owners, and other professionals representing relevant agricultural and conservation interests and a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, plant, wetland, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with private land agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.  Local Working Groups provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.

While Local Working Groups are advisory in nature and have no voting or implementation authority, USDA gives strong consideration to their recommendations. Local Working Groups support the locally led conservation effort by helping to coordinate USDA programs with other Federal, State, and local conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

Schedule of Local/Basin Work Group Meetings in the Pacific Islands Area

American Samoa Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact
  American Samoa    

Joe Uiagalelei  Joe.Uiagalelei@usda.gov
Phone: 684-633-1031 ext. 124

 

Guam Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

October 17, 2019

Northern Guam
Southern Guam

 

USDA - NRCS Conference Room
770 East Sunset Blvd., Suite 270
Barrigada, Guam 96913

Jocelyn Bamba  Jocelyn.Bamba@usda.gov 
Phone: 671-735-2111 x 2591

 

Hilo Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

October 2, 2019

Hamakua
Ka'u
Puna
Waiakea

 


Hilo Field Office Conference Room
Jennifer Lopez-Reavis  Jennifer.Lopez@hi.nacdnet.net 808-933-8350

Kanoe Malani  Kanoe.Malani@hi.nacdnet.net 808-933-8363

 

Hoolehua Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact
October 20, 2019 Molokiai-Lanai   Molokai LWG (PDF; 101 KB) Debra Kelly  Debra.Kelly@hi.nacdnet.net
Phone: 808-567-6868 x 102

 

Kahului Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Central Maui
Hana
Olinda-Kula
West Maui

 

UH Maui College
CTAHR CES - Community Service Building #205
Maggie Kramp  Maggie.Kramp@usda.gov
Phone: 808-214-1744

 

Kealakekua Service Center / Kona SWCD
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kona

 

 

Conference Room
81-948 Waena’Oihana Loop, #101
Kealakekua, HI 96750.

Mary Robblee  Mary.Robblee@usda.gov
Phone: 808-322-2484 ext. 100

 

Lihue Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact
September 26, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. East Kauai
West Kauai
  Office of Continuing Education (OCET), Room 106 at Kauai Community College Rebekah Magers Rebekah.Magers@usda.gov
Phone: 808-245-9014 ext. 107

 

Oahu Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact
  South Oahu
West Oahu
Windward Oahu
    Gavin Jennings  Gavin.Jennings@usda.gov
Phone: 808-600-2913

 

Rota - Island of Rota (Luta SWCD)
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

September 18, 2019
Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 PM

 

 

USDA/NRCS Saipan Field Office Conference Room

Pamela Sablan
Pamela.Sablan@usda.gov 
Phone: 670-233-3415 ext. 103

 

Saipan Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact

September 10, 2019
Tuesday 10:00 AM -11:30 AM

Luta
Tinian and Aguigan
Saipan & the Northern Islands

 

Saipan Mayor's Office - Conference Room

Pamela Sablan
Pamela.Sablan@usda.gov 
Phone: 670-233-3415 ext. 103

 

Waimea Service Center
Date SWCD(s) Local Working Group Summary Meeting Location NRCS Contact
October 17, 2019
Thursday 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Mauna Kea   Waimea Civic Center, Kamuela, HI Scott Cook
Scott.Cook@usda.gov
Phone: 808-885-6602 ext. 106


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