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Conservation PlanningNRCS Soil Conservation Technician, Michelle Catoní (right), shows University of PR students how to use survey equipment

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is USDA's principal agency that provides conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations. NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through our voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual who wants to conserve our natural resources and sustain agricultural production in the Caribbean Area.

Ecological Sciences

NRCS uses many science-based disciplines to help people help the land. This inter-disciplinary approach to natural resources conservation is revealed through the following disciplines and related technical references and tools.

Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG)

The electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) is the primary scientific reference used by NRCS in conservation activities. The eFOTG contains technical information about practices to conserve soil, water, air, energy, and plant and animal resources. Technical guides used in each field office are localized to apply specifically to each geographic area. These guides are available on-line as the electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG). Select Caribbean Area from the drop down menu to access data and information specific to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and then select one of the Sections (I through V) to choose the area of information you're looking for. (Resource data and information are provided in Section II and conservation practice standards and specifications are provided in Section IV).


The Caribbean Area NRCS Engineering staff is made up of agricultural and civil engineers and engineering technicians that provide innovative, economical, and timely services to NRCS staff, conservation partners and private landowners. We provide planning, design, and construction services to solve problems related to soil erosion, water quality, agricultural waste management, and wetland restoration. View our Caribbean Area NRCS Engineering Web Page to locate the tools and information to solve your conservation engineering issues.



The Caribbean Area NRCS Soils Program provides quality soil, geographic, and resources information, products, and services - including the National Resources Inventory (NRI) - to internal and external customers.

State Technical Committee


Ecological Sciences

Mario Rodríguez, State Resource Conservationist, phone: 787-766-5605 / 787-980-6516


Yilia Baucage-Bou, State Engineer, phone: 787-766-5715 / 787-342-6916


Manuel Matos, State Soil Scientist, phone: 787-766-6051 / 787-405-7600


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