With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 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. With our help, people are better able to conserve, maintain, or improve their natural resources. As a result of our technical and financial assistance, land managers and communities take a comprehensive approach to the use and protection of natural resources in rural, suburban, urban, and developing areas.


Conservation Technical Assistance- NRCS helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices. 


Farm Bill Programs – NRCS does offer financial assistance to help eligible landowners implement conservation practices on their lands. 

If you would like more information please contact District Conservationist Lori Bataller at 843-727-4160 ext 3 or email her at                                                                Or visit SC NRCS website at




Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Updates!


         (Charleston & Berkeley Counties)

In August of 2015, Colton McClendon joined the NRCS Team.  He is working for NRCS as a Soil Conservationist in the North Charleston USCA office.  Colton is originally from Rhea County, Tennessee, where he attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated in December of 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Agriscience.

He joins our NRCS Team which consists of Lori Bataller, District Conservationist,                                       Ann Bentley (Soil Conservation Technician), and Randy Fowler (Resource Soil Scientist) Shown above are field site photos of Colton and team members.


The Sewee Fire Festival was held in Awendaw, SC on March 21, 2015 South Carolina's once-expansive longleaf Conservation Cooperative held the annual fire festival and put the focus back on fire and nature at the Sewee Fire Festival, a longleaf pine and prescribed fire festival.  Attendees to the free event were treated to a live burn demonstration, exhibits on conservation activities, fun family activities and a visit by Smokey Bear!  One of the highlights of the event was a demonstration by the Birds of Prey Center.  A young owl soared over the crowd to the delight of young and old alike.

The festival was well attended with over 200 attendees.  Lori Bataller, NRCS District Conservationist, and Colton McClendon, NRCS Soil Conservationist manned a booth to inform participants of the options for cost-share available through their agency.

See fire festival photos above:


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