Soil Conservationist Program

Soil Conservationists

Soil Conservationists plan the application of total resource management systems and provide conservation planning assistance from initial evaluation to completion. Soil conservationists possess a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of soil, water, and environmental conservation as they relate to agricultural operations and land use measures. These personnel also help landowners with issues such as dealing with soil, water, air, plants, and animal resource concerns.

Landowner Assistance:

  • Works with landowners to develop, implement, maintain and revise conservation plans that are simple and clear-cut with the assistance of a higher graded conservationist
  • Explains conservation programs with direct guidance using straightforward narrations of facts and uncomplicated descriptions of conservation practices
  • Assists in the evaluation of the implementation of conservation plans and their alternatives

Evan Dunbar 
NRCS Service Centers – Marquette, Gladstone, Kingsford & Stephenson
​(906) 251-3063

Amy Frye 
NRCS Service Centers – Marquette
(906) 251-3069

Kelly Sippl
NRSC Service Centers – Marquette & Alger
(906) 251-3064

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Natural Resources Conservation Service Partnership

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