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With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands.  With our help, people are better able to conserve, maintain, or improve their natural resources.  As a result of our technical and financial assistance, land managers and communities take a comprehensive approach to the use and protection of natural resources in rural, suburban, urban, and developing areas.

A Partnership Approach

Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, NRCS has worked with conservation districts and others throughout the U.S. to help landowners, as well as Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments and community groups.

NRCS has six mission goals: high quality, productive soils; clean and abundant water; healthy plant and animal communities; clean air; an adequate energy supply; and working farms and ranchlands.  To achieve these goals, the Agency implements these strategies:

  • Cooperative conservation: seeking and promoting cooperative efforts to achieve conservation goals.
  • Watershed approach: providing information and assistance to encourage and enable locally-led, watershed-scale conservation.
  • Market-based approach: facilitating the growth of market-based opportunities that encourage the private sector to invest in conservation on private lands.

Conservation Assistance

Our locally-based NRCS staff works directly with farmers, ranchers, and others, to provide technical and financial conservation assistance.  Our guiding principles are service, partnership, and technical excellence.

NRCS helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices.  NRCS activities include farmland protection, upstream flood prevention, emergency watershed protection, urban conservation, and local community projects designed to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

NRCS conducts soil surveys, conservation needs assessments, and the National Resources Inventory to provide a basis for resource conservation planning activities and to provide an accurate assessment of the condition of the Nation’s private lands.

As the leading source of technology as it applies to natural resource conservation on private lands, NRCS develops technical guides and other Web-based tools to help enhance natural resource conservation efforts. 

Recruitment: Join the Washington NRCS Team

At the Natural Resources Conservation Service, conservation is our purpose, our passion and our promise. We keep that promise – every day – by working with landowners to protect and enhance our nation’s natural resources. This site is designed to show you how NRCS' professionals are helping people help the land -- and how you can become part of our dedicated team. Learn more ...

Other Items of Interest

NRCS History
National NRCS Leadership
Civil Rights
Washington's Strategic Plan

For More Information

Please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, listed in phone directories under U.S. Government, or visit our Web site at: