NRCS Partnership

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Who We Are:
For the last 75 years the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (and formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service), has been assisting farmers, ranchers and private landowners in the research and application of scientifically sound conservation practices where it counts the most - 'on the ground'.

NRCS works in partnership with the Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD).

NRCS employs a diverse staff of technical personnel such as soil scientists, foresters, engineers, biologists, and hydrologists to provide the expertise to solve simple as well as complex environmental problems, with the primary focus of conservation on private lands.

NRCS has a unique cost-share program, known as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP provides financial incentives to farmers, ranchers and timberland owners that apply approved conservation practices on their properties. NRCS helps to defray the costs by 50-75%. Typical practices in Nevada County include forest thinning and pruning, conversion of brush fields to timber land or range and pasture, irrigation system efficiency improvements, improving livestock distribution through fencing, and wildlife habitat. Since 1997 NRCS has distributed $4.6 million to landowners in Nevada County.

How to Contact Us:
We are located at 113 Presley Way, Suite 1 in Grass Valley. Office hours are 7:30 - 4:00.

Pamela Hertzler, District Conservationist           (530) 798-5527
Josue Gandia-Rivera, Soil Conservationist         (530) 798-5538
Evan Smith, Forester                                      (530) 798-5532
Kelly Weintraub, Point Blue Biologist                (530) 798-5528
Anne Solik, Farm Bill Assistant                         (530) 798-5533
Marcoantonio Salazar, Engineer                       (530) 798-5534

Conservation Videos Give Quick Glimpse Into Assistance Available:

http://www.youtube.com/user/NRCSCalifornia