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Cooperating Agencies and Partners

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is the federal agency that works with landowners on private lands to conserve natural resources. NRCS is part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Nearly three-fourths of the technical assistance provided by the agency goes to helping farmers develop conservation systems uniquely suited to their land and individual ways of doing business. The agency also provides assistance to other private landowners and rural and urban communities to reduce erosion, conserve and protect water, and solve other resource problems.

Contact: Roy Diver, District ConservationistNRCS
4949 Kirschling Ct, Suite 1 
Stevens Point WI 54481


Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D)
Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. was established in 1972. Their primary concern is to improve the area's economy, while conserving its natural resources. They network within the Wisconsin Counties of Adams, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood. They are an independent, not for profit 501(c) 3, non-partisan group.

Contact: Josh Benes, Executive Director GoldenSands
1100 Main St., Site 150 
Stevens Point WI 54481


Department of Natural Resources/Forestry
The Division of Forestry uses a combination of services, including planning, research, technology, education and outreach, and sound policy – all developed with the involvement of interested and affected publics. These services ensure balanced consideration of the ecological, economic and social factors that collectively define sustainable forestry.

Contact: Jeffery NyquistWiDNR
2510 Maple Drive
Plover WI 54467
Phone: 715-340-8513

Portage County UW-Extension
UW-Extension helps enhance economic impact by improving agribusiness services to farmers, increasing agribusiness or farm profitability, expanding agribusiness networks, and helping to reduce agribusiness or farm environmental impacts.

Contact: Ken Schroeder, Agriculture Agent

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. A variety of education programs and resources are provided to community organizations, local government officials, and businesses to address leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, community economic development, local government education, and natural resources education.

Contact: Nathan Sandwick, Community Development Educator

1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point WI 54481


Wildlife Damage and Abatement Claims Program (WDACP)
The Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program provides damage prevention assistance and partial compensation to farmers when wild deer, bear, geese, and turkeys damage their agricultural crops. Wildlife managers issue agricultural damage shooting permits to farmers for removal of deer (and occasionally bear, geese, and turkeys) that cause damage.

Contact: Barry Benson, Wildlife Damage Technician
Cell phone: 715-896-6300
Wildlife Services Toll Free: 1-800-433-0663

Other Links:

WI Land + Water Conservation Association

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

University of Wisconsin-Extension

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Lakes

UW-Extension Lakes Program

Environmental Education in Wisconsin

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