How Can I Participate?
Do you have an interest in soil, water, air, plants,
wetlands, wildlife, and agriculture? Do you want to
support voluntary natural resource management by
landowners and managers on private lands? Are you
willing to work with natural resource experts from
around the State? Then consider serving on a U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) State Technical Com-
mittee to help guide national conservation programs
that address local needs.
Individuals and groups can receive more information
on serving as a State Technical Committee member
by writing to the NRCS State Conservationist for
that State and describing their qualifications for
membership. NRCS State Conservationists determine
who will serve on the Committee.
Individuals and groups can participate by providing
input to the conservation district through their local
conservation needs assessment process. Conservation
districts gather this feedback not only to direct their
own programs, but also to share with their Local
What Are State Technical Committees
and Local Work Groups?
The 1985 Farm Bill (Food Security Act) established
State Technical Committees to advise NRCS in mak-
ing technical decisions related to the implementation
of the Act's conservation provisions. The role of the
committees was expanded by the 1996 Farm Bill
(Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act).
These Committees offer an opportunity for interested
individuals and groups to advise NRCS on how best
to locally implement conservation programs.
"Their [State technical committee] involvement
can help NRCS assure that ZimitedJinancial and
technical assistance is targeted to priority natural
resource concerns and the conservation needs
of people at all levels are considered."
NRCS State Conservationist and
State Technical Committee Chair
Local Work Groups make recommendations to
the State Technical Committee on local technical
and conservation issues. These recommenda