The National Association of Conservation Districts announced this week $15 million in technical assistance grants.  The grants continue funding to nearly 500 conservation districts in 49 states and territories.  Funded by USDA's NRCS, the grant program is in its 5th year.  The program allows NACD to accelerate on-the-ground conservation by increasing the capacity available to conduct outreach and deliver technical assistance.


Grant funding supports over 490 positions, including technicians, conservation planners, program support specialists and technical specialists.  All these employees will provide conservation technical assistance to help customers carry out their conservation plans.


“Conservation districts are dedicated to getting conservation on the ground, but their offices can be understaffed for the local needs,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said“State leaders directed funding to their highest priorities, helping ensure that every client who comes into the office receives the service they need and deserve.”


Over the life of the program, grantees have delivered services in 50 states and three territories.  Conservation districts have awarded more than 30,000 Farm Bill conservation contracts and assisted with over 55,000 additional EQIP contracts.  Their work has benefitted over 2.5 million acres, improving soil health, forest and woodland conditions, wildlife habitat, and water quality.


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