Public meeting to identify natural resource needs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service Special to The Donaldsonville Chief

     Resting in the hands of our local community members is the future of our valuable natural resources and the decisions that are made to conserve, enhance and sustain the integrity of soil, water and air quality in Ascension, Assumption, Iberville and St. James Parishes and throughout Louisiana. Conservation of our resources can not be achieved by one group, government agency or the individual – it takes cooperative conservation.

    Cooperative conservation starts first with the active involvement of the individual community member who helps to identify the resource needs of the community. Community involvement helps local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assess and prioritize resource concerns on a community level. Local natural resource priorities help direct technical and financial assistance decisions that NRCS and SWCD make throughout the year.

     Locally led conservation efforts are successful with the help from our residents. A Locally led conservation meeting will be held on Jan. 19 at the USDA Service Center, 2259 Business Park Blvd., Donaldsonville, at 5 p.m., to identify resource concerns for your local SWCD (The Lower Delta SWCD and New River SWCD). At the meeting, you will be able to voice concerns, provide comments and help to identify conservation issues.

     The second meeting, a local work group meeting will immediately follow. The purpose of this meeting is to rank the resource concerns which are identified at the locally led conservation meeting.

     For more information, contact your local NRCS and the Lower Delta SWCD and New River SWCD field office today at (225) 473-8446 ext. 3. or (225) 687-2184, ext. 3.

     The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides

accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request special accommodation (s), contact NRCS Donaldsonville Field Office at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting or event.