Public invited to meeting that will provide input into federal conservation programs
A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Ozark County Soil and Water Conservation Department office on North Main Street in Gainesville.
The working group consists primarily of representatives of various local, state and federal agencies who have knowledge of natural resource concerns. The group will help prioritize selection criteria for the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program applications in Ozark County.
The meeting is open to the public and will include time for comments from residents. While final decisions will be made by NRCS leadership, local input is requested, according to news release from district conservationist Aaron Hoefer. Anyone needing accommodation to participate in the meeting should contact Hoefer at 417-581-2719 extention 3 by July 5.