The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cross Timbers Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Local Working Group invite the public to their annual Conservation Stakeholder’s Meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug, 21, at the United Electric Cooperative, Community Room located at 1200 Glen Rose Hwy. (US 67).

Each year, the Local Working Group hosts a public meeting to determine the resource concerns and needs of the area and how to best address those needs. The NRCS and their local conservation partner, the Cross Timbers SWCD, provide agriculture producers with professional consultation and financial assistance through Farm Bill conservation programs to apply conservation practices on their land that address soil erosion and health, water quality and quantity issues, as well as wildlife habitat. The Local Working Group includes community agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues.

All landowners and land managers in Erath County are encouraged to attend and participate in this meeting. This open discussion public meeting will focus on identifying area natural resource concerns that can be addressed using conservation programs and activities.

“Effective conservation stems from a locally led process,” says Tony Huffman, NRCS District Conservationist for Erath County. “The Erath County NRCS office operates on the concept that local residents’ best understand local issues and are the key to solving problems."

For more information, including eligibility requirements, call or visit the NRCS office in the USDA Service Center, 239 E. McNeil Street in Stephenville or call 965-3715 ext 3.