04-24-17 Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

NRCS-CO News Release HEader 010816Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.

Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce, and nationally, in fiscal year 2016, more than 28,500 people donated 3012,219 hours of service to NRCS valued at over $7.1 million.

Colorado Volunteers completed a wide range of projects.  National Earth Team Office recognized several of these as award winners.  Rick Romano of Canon City as West Region NRCS Employee, Longmont Field Office as a Chief’s Cup Winner, and the work group of Brighton Friends of Conservation as West Region Group Award.  State Coordinator Donna Goodsell was also nationally awarded for excellence in her part as a coordinator for the state.

Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.

Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.

Learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program in Colorado contact Donna Goodsell at donna.goodsell@co.usda.gov or visit any local USDA Service Center and as for the District Conservationist.

*Note: The Value of Volunteer Time to the Agency is $23.56/hour as established by the Independent Sector and utilized by the Federal Interagency Team for Volunteerism.