USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announces new district conservationist |

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announces new district conservationist

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced the appointment of Paul Lake as the new district conservationist at the field office in Nevada County. Lake began working at the Grass Valley office on Sept. 8.

“I look forward to joining the Grass Valley team,” Lake said. “I am excited to be back in the hills and working on multiple landscapes again: forestland, grazing land, and cropland. I plan to get out in the field with staff as soon as possible, developing a holistic team approach to conservation planning.”

Lake graduated from UC Davis, where he earned a degree in soil and water science. He has worked as a soil scientist mapping soil in Nevada and California. He has also worked in various capacities helping farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners meet their conservation goals.

Until January 2010, Lake was working in the Grass Valley office as a soil conservationist. He left the Sierra Nevada at that time to take a USDA position in the tropical island nation of Federated States of Micronesia.

Once a territory of the United States, Micronesia gained its independence in the mid-1980s but still receives assistance from USDA as part of the Compact of Free Association between the two nations.

Natural Resources Conservation Service is a federal agency that works in partnership with the Nevada County Resource Conservation District. It employs a diverse staff of technical personnel, such as soil scientists, foresters, engineers, biologists, and hydrologists, to provide the expertise to solve simple as well as complex environmental problems.

With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” Natural Resources Conservation Service provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands, according to their press release.

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