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New Jersey NRCS Features

Conquest of the Land Through Seven Thousand Years

In 1938 and 1939, Dr. W. C. Lowdermilk, who was an assistant chief of the U. S. Soil Conservation Service at that time, made an 18-month tour of western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East to study soil erosion and land use in those areas. This tour was sponsored by the Soil Conservation Service at the request of a congressional committee. The main objective of the tour was to gain information from those areas -- where some lands had been in cultivation for hundreds and thousands of years -- that might be of value in helping to solve the soil erosion and land use problems of the United States.


student volunteer Heather Kutassy meets the localsEarth Team Volunteer Program

NRCS honors the Earth Team volunteers who donate their time to the conservation effort. In New Jersey Earth Team Volunteers, working side-by-side with NRCS professionals, plant the seeds of conservation today that will sustain our resources for tomorrow.

NRCS has been lucky enough to have quite a few dedicated Earth Team volunteers in New Jersey. Their enthusiasm is contagious and it reminds our seasoned NRCS conservationists, not only how important and desirable our jobs are, but how wonderful it is, that our hard work has such a lasting positive effect on the land. Visit the Earth Team Gallery for some of their stories.

Contact: Laura Coover, New Jersey NRCS State Volunteer Coordinator

Earth Day in New Jersey

Volunteers plant willowsEarth Day, April 22, was founded by former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and was first celebrated in 1970. Earth Day continues to be celebrated throughout the country.

ceremonial tree planting at Duke Farms Earth Day 2010Many New Jersey communities promote good stewardship of our natural resources at Earth Day fairs and community days. Also, people of all ages volunteer for special projects held throughout the Garden State that are designed to improve or protect our soil and water, such as stream-side plantings and clean-up activities. These activities are usually announced in local newspapers and websites.

The conservation partnership in New Jersey participates in Earth Day activities, providing information about the importance of maintaining, conserving, and improving our natural resources.


 Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (Team 2)  2009 winners of Soils Station at EnvirothonThe New Jersey Envirothon competition is a one-day event that takes place at the end of the school year. Teams are tested on environmental topics through hands-on interactive problem-solving at five testing stations. The team that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of natural resources, as well as teamwork and communication skills, moves on to represent New Jersey in the National Envirothon competition. This multi-day event further tests the team's understanding of the environment and involves teams for all regions of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

New Jersey Pasture Management Guide for Horse Owners

HorseThis publication is designed to present basic information about the special grazing system and forage needs of horses. A well-managed grazing system can offer good nutrition, as well as the most economical and safest care for horses. Simple, inexpensive, low-maintenance management techniques also can protect and preserve natural resources by reducing soil erosion and preventing pollution of surface and groundwater from animal waste that washes off pastures and corrals.

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New Jersey Pasture Management Guide for Horse Owners (updated January 2011) (1.22 mb)

Native Pollinators in New Jersey

Native bees are valuable crop pollinators. Wild bees help increase crop yields and may serve as important insurance when honey bees are hard to come by. NRCS is working with farmers and land managers to promote habitat that is welcoming to native pollinators.

Technical Service Providers

The 2002 Farm Bill expanded the availability of technical assistance to producers by encouraging the use of third parties - called technical service providers (TSPs) - to assist USDA in delivering conservation technical services. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman believes the certification of TSPs will provide "more resources for technical assistance from the private and nonprofit sectors and state and local government to help farmers and ranchers reach their conservation goals."

NRCS's new Internet-based Technical Service Provider Registry makes it easy for technical service providers to register, become certified, and manage their profile.

TechReg also helps landowners locate and choose certified registered technical service providers who can help them meet their conservation goals.

TechReg is an outstanding example of how USDA is trying to serve the public effectively and efficiently through electronic means.


updated June 9, 2016