Rhode Island State Conservation Committee
NRCS and Rhode Island Conservation Partners Sign Historic Memorandum
April 25, 2016 | Rhode Island State Office
WARWICK, RI (October 28, 2015) – Recently the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island (USDA-NRCS) signed an historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six local conservation groups including the RI State Conservation Committee, Eastern RI Conservation District, Northern RI Conservation District, Southern RI Conservation District, RI Association of Conservation Districts, and RI Resource Conservation and Development Area Council. The purpose of the MOA is to formalize the strong partnership as well as to strengthen cooperation among the Parties that result in coordinated interagency delivery of conservation assistance to private landowners to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Rhode Island natural resources.
Local conservation organizations in Rhode Island sign the historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with NRCS. Signatories from left to right include Harriet Powell-Chair RI Resource Conservation and Development Area Council; Maria Mack, Chair-RI State Conservation Committee; Clark Collins-Chair Southern RI Conservation District; Dick Went-President RI Assoc. of Conservation Districts; R. Phou Vongkhamdy-RI NRCS State Conservationist; and Emerson Wildes-Chair Eastern RI Conservation District.
“This agreement is the first of its kind in Rhode Island where NRCS and its local conservation partners formalized their commitment with a common purpose to promote the conservation and sustainable use of land, water, wildlife, and related resources in Rhode Island,” said R. Phou Vongkhamdy, RI NRCS State Conservationist. The parties share a long-term commitment to the Federal/State/Local Government conservation delivery system to help private landowners, communities, and others conserve natural resources. This system supports local level decision making for conservation planning that results in sound solutions that are practical, economical, and optimize efficiency and effectiveness in the use and management of natural resources.