Tribal Connections: NRCS Partnership with Native American Tribes in Washington
NRCS has expertise in agronomy, range management, forestry, agricultural engineering, soils, water management, wildlife habitat management, aquaculture, resource inventories, and watershed and flood protection.
NRCS field office personnel provides assistance upon request to private landowners and operators, Indian tribes and Tribal members. Assistance provided includes, but is not limited to, the following: Conservation planning on cropland, pastureland, and rangeland and assistance to apply rangeland management and improvement practices, irrigation water development structures and management, brush control, erosion control structures, agriculture, forestry, farmland protection, wildlife habitat improvement, and wetlands restoration.
American Indians and Alaska Natives are eligible to participate in all NRCS
programs and may have special status as provided by statute or regulation. The
demand for NRCS services by American Indian tribal groups continues to increase
as the value of NRCS assistance becomes better understood.
The NRCS provides technical assistance and financial assistance to private
landowners and operators, tribes and tribal members to assist them in protecting and improving
natural resources such as soil, water, air, plants, and animals.
Initiated in 2011, the Washington Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WATCAC) provides a forum for twenty-nine Native American Tribes and tribal members in Washington to address natural resource issues on tribal lands. The WATCAC provides a tribal voice to the USDA NRCS on conservation issues that are important to Washington tribes at the state and national levels. For more information on the WATCAC, including minutes from meetings, meeting dates, etc.
|Washington NRCS Tribal Liaison|
NRCS Tribal Liaison
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite D
Olympia, WA 98512-5607
Email: Robin Slate
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