Monthly Meeting: February 8, 2018 – Private Land Conservation Programs & Projects

Amanda Mathis, Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships, NRCS

Because so much of Arkansas’s land is privately owned, private landowners have a large role to play in environmental conservation. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners with taking measures to conserve their soil, water, and wildlife. Amanda Mathis will provide an overview of these conservation programs and the environmental benefits achieved through voluntary conservation efforts across Arkansas.

Amanda Mathis began her career with NRCS in 2004, and has served in various positions including District Conservationist in Carroll and White Counties. She currently serves as the Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships, where she works with conservation partners (such as Audubon Arkansas) to provide information on conservation programs and issues, and enhance collaborative efforts to achieve common conservation goals. Amanda leads the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) for the state. She holds a B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife Management from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO, and a M.S. in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband reside on a small cow-calf operation in White County.