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Douglas receives Circle of Excellence Award

SC NRCS State Conservationist Recognized with Circle of Excellence for Leadership, Dedication


SC NRCS State Conservationist Walter W. Douglas was recognized during a special ceremony at NRCS Headquarters in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2007.

NRCS Chief Arlen Lancaster presented Douglas with a Circle of Excellence lapel pin for outstanding service and dedication to the development and launch of the NRCS small-acreage farmer initiative. Douglas’ exemplary leadership helped increase minority and limited resource producers' participation in NRCS conservation programs.

Former NRCS Chief Bruce Knight established the NRCS Circle of Excellence award in 2005 to recognize NRCS employees who epitomize support and loyalty to the agency and the mission. Recipients are presented with a lapel pin intended to be a source of pride to those who wear it and encouragement to everyone to strive for excellence.

Douglas was first recognized in 2006 with a Circle of Excellence award for his work with the Chief’s Advisory Council. This week, Douglas was again praised for his outstanding conservation ethic, exemplary leadership, and dedicated service to USDA.


Congratulations Mr. Douglas!


Left to right: Gary W. Mast, USDA Deputy Under-Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, NRCS Chief Arlen Lancaster, SC NRCS State Conservationist Walter W. Douglas, Mark Rey, USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, and Norm Berg, former Soil Conservation Service Chief, Senior Advisor for American Farmland Trust, and Washington, D.C., representative for the Soil and Water Conservation Society.