Conservation on the Ground -
Earth Team Volunteers in Lee County
by Anne Miller, District Administrative Coordinator, Opelika, AL
Merry Buford is our newest Lee County Earth Team Volunteer.
She is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's
degree in agricultural business and economics with a field of
study in natural resources.
Since Merry joined the Lee
County Earth Team in
February, she has assisted
with many of the ongoing
conservation projects. Merry
has already met with several
landowners dealing with the
Incentives Program (EQIP)
and Conservation Reserve
Program (CRP). She has talked
management and improving wat
grazing and exclusion managem
Merry has participated in the Chambers County
teacher in-service workday where she toured the
East Alabama Lumber facility, participated in a
timber cruise, and helped with a soil demonstration.
Merry says she has always wanted to work with an
agency that helps farmers and landowners while
still taking the opportunity to educate the public.
"NRCS is the agency that does just that," Merry
We’re happy to have Merry on board as an Earth
Team Volunteer, and we appreciate her
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Merry (r) helps assess a water
quality problem on the
with landowners about pond
er quality through rotational
Merry Buford sets up a display
for the Chambers County teacher