What is an Earth Team Volunteer?


Yesterday I attended the 69th Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts in Jackson.  I was honored with the Earth Team Individual Award for the state.

Kurt Readus, State Conservationist, and Christine Coker

Kurt Readus, State Conservationist, and Christine Coker

So, what is an Earth Team Volunteer?  Earth Team Volunteers (ETVs) work with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  NRCS and ETVs help America’s farmers conserve soil, water, air and other natural resources.  Through partnerships with individual landowners and communities, NRCS plans and implements voluntary conservation practices and offers incentive-based conservation programs that benefit both landowners and the environment.

I have been working with NRCS for several years providing technical assistance for its High Tunnel Cost-Share program.  Most recently, I have been working to establish People’s Gardens, another NRCS program.

Who can be an Earth Team Volunteer?

Anyone age 14 and older.

Earth Team Volunteers:

  • Conduct soil surveys
  • Test water quality
  • Work on wetland restoration projects
  • Develop and present educational materials

…and much, much more!

If you are interested, contact your local NRCS office or the National Earth Team office at 888.526.3227 or visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov







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