October 11, 2007

NRCS Adds Three Counties to Northeast Missouri RC&D Area

The USDAís Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has added Macon, Shelby and Marion counties to the Northeast Missouri Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) area.

The three counties join Adair, Clark, Lewis, Scotland, Knox and Schuyler counties, which have comprised the Northeast Missouri RC&D area since it was established in 1997. In addition to adding the three counties, NRCS is moving the RC&D office from Memphis to Edina so that it will be more centrally located, says Ken Berry, Northeast Missouri RC&D project coordinator.

The Northeast Missouri RC&D area has a mission to improve quality of life by serving as a catalyst to create partnerships needed to achieve economic and natural resources development in the region.

Examples of projects in which the Northeast Missouri RC&D office has provided assistance include: promoting and installing dry hydrants, which turn ponds, lakes and streams into sources of available water for fighting rural fires; the Fox River Ecosystem Development project, which is geared toward protecting and improving the quality of the water in the Fox River watershed; and helping county commissions obtain funds to improve low-water crossings over creeks. The Northeast Missouri RC&D also helped obtain grant funds for a community gymnasium in Scotland County, and is taking part in a similar project in Knox County.

Berry says adding the three counties to the area will make the Northeast Missouri RC&D stronger, allowing the RC&D to undertake more projects.

ďThese three counties are a good fit because agriculturally and in terms of population they are similar to the original six,Ē Berry says. ďI look forward to working with the three new counties.Ē

Missouri has eight multi-county RC&D areas. Each area is led by a council made up of local volunteers who prepare area plans that outline priorities for their communities. The objectives of each RC&D are unique, based upon the resource needs of the local communities it serves.

For more information about the Northeast Missouri RC&D, contact Berry at (660) 397-2223, extension 3. Information about the Northeast Missouri RC&D area and the other seven Missouri RC&Ds also is available on the internet at http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/RCD/rcd.html.



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