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Local Work Groups

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What is a Local Work Group?

Local Work Groups are composed of agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resources interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.

Role of Local Work Groups

Local Work Groups provide recommendations to the District Conservationist and the State Conservationist on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.

Membership

Local Work Group membership aims to be diverse and focus on agricultural interests and natural resource issues existing in the local community.  To ensure that recommendations of the Local Work Group take into account the needs of diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the conservation concerns of particular historically underserved groups and individuals including, but not limited to, minorities; women; persons with disabilities; and socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Individuals or groups wanting to become a member of a Local Work Group may submit a request to their county's Local Work Group Chairperson and NRCS District Conservationist that explains their interest and outlines their credentials for becoming a member of the Local Work Group.  The District Conservationist will assist the Soil and Water Conservation District in making decisions concerning membership of the group.

Local Work Group meetings are open to the public.  Individuals attending the Local Work Group meetings will be given the opportunity to address the Local Work Group.

Conducting Business

The meetings will be conducted as an open discussion among members.  Discussion will focus on identifying local natural resource concerns that can be treated using programs and activities.  Summaries for all Local Work Group meetings will be available at the appropriate local NRCS office.

Upcoming Local Work Group Meetings

LWG Name Affiliated Area Date Time Location District Conservationist
Arecibo Arecibo, Barceloneta, Camuy, Ciales, Florida, Matillo, Manati, Morovis, Vega Alta & Vega Baja September 18, 2019 9:00 a.m. Arecibo Field Office, Caribbean Cinemas Annex, 1562 Miramar Ave. #203 Javier Medina
Caguas Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Culebra, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vieques & Yabucoa August 2, 2019 10:30 a.m. Caguas Field Office, Plaza Gatsby 3er Piso, Suite 308 Calle Padial #30 José Santiago
Corozal Aibonito, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Comerío, Corozal, Dorado, Naranjito, Orocovis, Toa Alta & Toa Baja August 22, 2019 9:30 a.m. Corozal Field Office, 180 State Road 159, Ramal 821 Interior, 29 San Ramón St., Suite 2 Freddie Rivera
Juana Díaz Adjuntas, Arroyo, Coamo, Guayama, Guayanilla, Juana Díaz, Maunabo, Peñuelas, Patillas, Ponce, Salinas, Santa Isabel & Villalba September 17, 2019 1:00 p.m. PRDA Ponce Regional Office, Ponce Government Center, Las Américas Ave. Suite 211 Nicis Vega
Mayagüez Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Lajas, Las Marias, Maricao, Mayagüez, Sabana Grande, San Germán & Yauco August 23, 2019 9:30 a.m. Tropical Agriculture Research Station (TARS), Ave.Pedro Albizu Campos 2200 Estación Experimental Zulma García
San Sebastián Aguada, Aguadilla, Isabela, Lares, Moca, Quebradillas, Rincón & San Sebastián August 22, 2019 9:30 a.m. Plaza del Mercado Lión Nieves, San Jose St., Aguada Elizabeth Fred
USVI St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island September 12, 2019 3:00 p.m. St. Croix Field Office, 4401 Estate Sion Farm, Suite 2, Christiansted Rudy G. O'Reilly, Jr.
Utuado Jayuya & Utuado August 30, 2019 9:00 a.m. Utuado Field Office, Ave. Fernando Ribas # 47 Norberto Valentín

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