Conservation Agency Seeks Local Input at Annual Meeting
LIBERTY, August 9, 2012 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Lower Trinity Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invite the public to their annual Local Work Group meeting at 9:00am, August 15 at the Simply Country Cafe located at 17174 HWY 146 N in Moss Hill.
Each year, the Lower Trinity SWCD hosts a public Local Work Group meeting to determine the resource concerns and needs of the area and how to best address those needs. The NRCS and their local conservation partner, the Lower Trinity SWCD, provide agriculture producers with professional consultation and financial assistance through Farm Bill conservation programs to apply conservation practices on their land that address soil erosion and health, water quality and quantity issues, as well as wildlife habitat. The Local Work Group includes community agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues
All landowners and land managers in Liberty County are encouraged to attend and participate in this meeting. This open discussion public meeting will focus on identifying area natural resource concerns that can be addressed using conservation programs and activities.
“Effective conservation stems from a locally led process,” says Phillip Stewart, NRCS District Conservationist for Liberty County. “The Liberty County NRCS office operates on the concept that local residents’ best understand local issues and are the key to solving problems.
“Our Local Work Group meeting gives everyone the opportunity to decide how the assistance from the NRCS and Farm Bill funds can be most beneficial for our community,” adds Stewart.
Through the Lower Trinity SWCD, the Local Work Group will provide recommendations to the NRCS District Conservationist on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs planning for the upcoming fiscal year. These issues will be especially important in decisions made for financial assistance when implementing the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This program is administered by the NRCS and provides incentive payments for the installation of several conservation practices on eligible participant’s land. The information gathered from these meetings will be used to help carry out the EQIP and other programs in 2013.
While the NRCS brings the technical expertise and Farm Bill funding to the table, the goods and services are delivered through the local SWCD board. SWCDs are local units of government made up of five members elected by the public. Their office is usually co-located with the NRCS office. Members of SWCD Boards are actively engaged in farming and ranching.
For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the NRCS office in the USDA Service Center in Liberty at 1351 HWY 146 BYP or call us at 936-336-9145. Service Center locations, meeting dates and program information can be found on the Texas NRCS Web site at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.
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