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Professional Development - Conservation Action Team

Mission of the Conservation Action Team (CAT)

To address challenges and establish a consistent process for all partnership staff to obtain Job Approval Authority (JAA) and become Certified Conservation Planners (CCP) in order to improve the delivery of technical services at field level.

Your Feedback Matters!

Partner issues, concerns, complaints, recommendations, commendations, questions and/or requests for information are very important to the CAT.  Please click HERE to submit your comments regarding improved technical services delivery at field level.  Once you’ve submitted the information, your comments will be automatically forwarded to key CAT team members for processing and response.  Thank you for your feedback!


The CAT will host listening sessions statewide to hear concerns from the field, and to share the latest information and efforts regarding JAA, CCP and support of technical services. Sessions will run 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please plan to attend one of the sessions as follows:

  • Eastern (NRCS Area 3): March 9, 2017 at the Kenansville USDA Service Center; April 5, 2017 at the Pitt County Administration Office, 1717 West 5th Street, Greenville NC 27834
  • Central (NRCS Area 2): Jan. 17, 2017 at the Carthage USDA Service Center; Jan. 25, 2017 at the Hillsborough Cedar Grove Park & Community Center
  • Western (NRCS Area 1): Dec. 1, 2016 at the Waynesville USDA Service Center; Dec. 2, 2016 at the Morganton USDA Service Center

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Team Members

NRCS Tim Beard, Jerry Raynor, Rafael Vega, Jeremy Roston, Terri Ruch, Stuart Lee, Angela Little, Renee Melvin
NCCDEA Rick McSwain, Edward Davis
NCASWCD Ben Knox, Chris Hogan, Dietrich Kilpatrick, Bryan Evans
DSWC Pat Harris, David Williams, Julie Henshaw, Kelly Hedgepeth


Next Meeting - to be announced

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559

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