Pete Benjamine, USFWS Field Supervisor and JB Martin JR, NRCS State Conservationist, Sign MOU
NRCS recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina Ecological Services Field Offices. The MOU sets the framework for each of the MOU signing partners to work closer, to coordinate efforts and strategies for determining the potential effects of NRCS conservation practices on federally listed threatened and endangered species.
Through the coordinated effort, the partners will be able to determine positive and negative effects planned conservation practices have on priority resources, provide recommendations for avoiding adverse effects, identify beneficial effects of planned practices and recognize a management activities need for additional consultation.
Don Riley, NRCS State Biologist, helped facilitate the MOU.
“The practices that we work with landowners to implement are strategic in improving the condition of our natural resources,” said Riley. “Through this MOU we will utilize our cooperative conservation partnership to correlate practice implementation to the direct effects they have on priority and endangered resources.”
Although each partner has specific objectives in the MOU, the ultimate goal is to work toward implementation of cooperative measures to preserve, protect and restore the natural resources for mutual benefits.
Signed on April 25 in Raleigh, the MOU is just another step NRCS is taking to work through a cooperative partnership to get conservation on the ground.
“It is a five year MOU, but the prospects for building a stronger partnership and enhancing priority resources will go well beyond its scope,” said Riley.