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Locally Led Conservation in North Carolina

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Resting in the hands of our local community members is the future of our valuable natural resources and the decisions that are made to conserve, enhance and sustain the integrity of soil, water and air quality throughout North Carolina. Conservation of our resources can not be achieved by one group, government agency or the individual – it takes cooperative conservation.

Cooperative conservation starts first with the active involvement of the individual community member who helps to identify the resource needs of the community. Community involvement helps local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assess and prioritize resource concerns on a community level. Local natural resource priorities help direct technical and financial assistance decisions that NRCS and SWCD make throughout the year.

Locally led conservation efforts are successful with the help from our residents. Please, become involved in locally led work groups. A Locally Led Work Group Meetings are being held throughout North Carolina to identify resource concerns for your local SWCD. Your involvement is important to the locally led conservation process and all partners involved in conservation. At the Locally Led Work Group Meeting you will be able to voice concerns, provide comments and help to identify conservation issues. Save the date, and help our community make sound conservation decisions – become an active part of locally led conservation process and cooperative conservation efforts. For more information on the Locally Led Conservation Meetings, contact your local NRCS and SWCD field office today.

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How It Works

Setting local priorities based on local input and needs assessment  - What is a local work group


For more information, contact:

Stuart Lee
State PAO