National Resources Conservation Service

United States Department of Agriculture


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) does its work through a mutual agreement with 62 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in New York. Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of State government where activities are governed by a locally appointed board of directors.


Technical experts are located in 47 field offices. They provide assistance to private landowners and local governmental units in all aspects of natural resource protection including soil erosion control, wetland restoration, grazing management, wildlife habitat restoration, water quality improvement, livestock manure management, nutrient management and flood protection. They use nationally recognized conservation practice standards to guide this work.


They deliver conservation programs to local landowners including:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Small Watershed Program

They provide technical support to other State, Federal, and Local agencies in the delivery of the following programs:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • State Environmental Bond Act
  • New York City and Skaneateles Lake Watershed Projects


NRCS Programs and Information Sheets

EQIP- Forestry Initiative


USDA-NRCS is located within the Farm and Home Center

Located at 2715 Rt. 44 in Millbrook, NY

They can be reached by phone # (845) 677-3952


You can find more information and updates on the NRCS website.