The Ecological Sciences Division (ESD) leads the technology for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in ecological, cultural resource, and environmental compliance technologies to ensure science-based conservation for our Nation's resources.
Integrate agricultural, ecological, environmental, fish & wildlife, cultural heritage and energy concerns into all NRCS programs.
Develop and implement new technologies to assess and treat soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resource concerns.
Provide leadership and technology for erosion prediction and control, nutrient management and comprehensive nutrient management plans, pest management, forestry, fish and wildlife management, highly erodible land and wetland compliance, air quality, invasive species and pollinators, pasture management, water quality, soil quality, historical and cultural resources, and organic farming.
Provide leadership for policy and maintenance of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) State Conservation Practice Standards.
Develop policies and guidelines for NRCS compliance with laws, regulations, and Executive Orders pertaining to ECS expertise.
Provide leadership for the State Plant Materials Program that selects, evaluates, increases, and releases plant materials and plant technology for conservation uses.
Provide leadership and guidance for training and employee development in ecological and cultural resources activities.
State Resource Conservationist
Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture www.nrcs.usda.gov