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South Carolina State Conservationist Ann English.South Carolina NRCS State Conservationist Ann M. English

Ann English began her role as SC NRCS State Conservationist April 26, 2010. Her previous positions within the agency include assistant state conservationist for field operations and operations, agronomist, district conservationist, and soil conservationist.

English is a native of Arkansas and earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During her twenty-six years as a conservationist, she has worked to develop innovative policies and procedures that reflect input from partners and site specific resource concerns. English is the ninth State Conservationist to lead SC NRCS since 1935. She says she is proud to be employed by an agency that helps to sustain and improve soil, water, air, plants, and animals. “It’s rewarding to know that my life’s work is helping to result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.”


Helping People Help the Land

South Carolina NRCS employees.
SC NRCS employees gathered in
Columbia, SC, on January 12, 2011,
for a training session and a day of

Welcome to the South Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) website! South Carolina is the state of beautiful places and smiling faces, and from the mountains in the Upstate to the coastal regions of the Palmetto State, conservation does make a difference in South Carolina! Agricultural, urban and rural communities are striving to maintain a harmonious balance among the soil, water, air, plants, animals and the people that use these precious natural resources. We invite you to explore our conservation programs and contact the local USDA Service County in your area to learn more about the assistance available to you. If you’d like to join our conservation initiative by volunteering, click on the "Earth Team" link to find out how you can help.

From the farm to the city–NRCS works hard to protect South Carolina’s natural resources. Working together, we can make a difference.





"Who We Are... Helping people help the land."

With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands. With our help, people are better able to conserve, maintain, or improve their natural resources. As a result of our technical and financial assistance, land managers and communities take a comprehensive approach to the use and protection of natural resources in rural, suburban, urban, and developing areas.

A Partnership Approach

Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, NRCS has worked with conservation districts and others throughout the U.S. to help landowners, as well as Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments and community groups.

NRCS has six mission goals: high quality, productive soils; clean and abundant water; healthy plant and animal communities; clean air; an adequate energy supply; and working farms and ranchlands. To achieve these goals, the Agency implements these strategies: • Cooperative conservation: seeking and promoting cooperative efforts to achieve conservation goals. • Watershed approach: providing information and assistance to encourage and enable locally-led, watershed-scale conservation. • Market-based approach: facilitating the growth of market-based opportunities that encourage the private sector to invest in conservation on private lands.

Conservation Assistance

Our locally-based NRCS staff works directly with farmers, ranchers, and others, to provide technical and financial conservation assistance. Our guiding principles are service, partnership, and technical excellence.

NRCS helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices. NRCS activities include farmland protection, upstream flood prevention, emergency watershed protection, urban conservation, and local community projects designed to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

NRCS conducts soil surveys, conservation needs assessments, and the National Resources Inventory to provide a basis for resource conservation planning activities and to provide an accurate assessment of the condition of the Nation’s private lands.

As the leading source of technology as it applies to natural resource conservation on private lands, NRCS develops technical guides and other Web-based tools to help enhance natural resource conservation efforts.

For More Information

Please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, listed in phone directories under U.S. Government, or visit our Web site at: