Local Work Groups are the foundation of the ‘Focused Conservation Approach’; meeting is open to the public

    The West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will convene a local work group (LWG) meeting in Crookston on Thursday, April 19 to provide guidance and discuss local resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs in West Polk County. The local work group includes representatives from cooperating federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, and the public to provide localized information on natural resource priorities in the West Polk SWCD.

    The West Polk Country SWCD Local Work Group will meet at the West Polk SWCD office in the USDA Service Center at 528 Strander Avenue in Crookston from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

    “I would encourage participation from local farmers/operators and other land users to attend this meeting because the local work group values the knowledge that our local land users can bring to the table,” said Nico Bennett, acting district conservationist. “NRCS has always been a locally led conservation agency working in cooperation with SWCDS to provide services to local land users on a voluntary basis.”

    The local work groups are the foundation of the “Focused Conservation Approach.” The local work group can define conservation needs and help localize efforts to address specific resource concerns, Bennett added.

    Local work group meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in becoming a member and participation in LWGs should contact the NRCS District Conservationist in their county and submit an application for LWG membership.

    For more information contact Bennett at 281-1445, ext. 120.