The Natural Resources and Conservation Service is a federal agency under the Department of Agriculture. To help sustain our natural resources and the environment, NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources including soil, water, air, plants, and animals.
In Montana, the NRCS conservationists spend most of their time on agricultural land – grazing land and cropland – the predominant use of private lands in Montana. They work in close cooperation with conservation districts through field offices that serve every county in the state. The agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based assistance, partnerships, and cooperative problem solving at the community level through the locally-led conservation process.
Rural and urban communities seek our help in curbing erosion, conserving and protecting water, and solving other resource problems. We help local Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils identify and solve human, economic, and environmental problems.
Local, state, and federal agencies, policymakers, and special-use districts also rely on NRCS expertise. American Indian tribes work with NRCS on a variety of initiatives that include resource inventories and the adaptation of our conservation programs to fit the special needs of their people and their land. We have a field office on each of the seven reservations in Montana.