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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRCS began its fight against erosion as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) back in 1935 as the Nation first turned its attention to natural resource issues as a result of The Dust Bowl Days. Today, NRCS continues to work to protect and enhance our precious natural resources by working one-on-one with private landowners and community leaders to put conservation on the land. With small teams of technical specialists in nearly every Illinois county, assistance from a conservation professional is just a phone call away!

NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners. Our partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in the nation, and the Caribbean and Pacific Basin. Participation in our programs is voluntary.

Our Mission

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Our Vision

Harmony between people and the land.