New District Conservationist
Those of you who follow these things, know that in 2019–between May and October–the Helena NRCS Field Office had a mass exodus of staff, including our District Conservationist. All left for good reasons and I think people are happy with their moves. What it meant for Lewis & Clark County though, was some major instability in program delivery from NRCS.
Since the former DC, John George, moved to Spokane, we’ve had acting DCs and some detailed employees covering the office. After Diane Fitzgerald moved to the Whitehall office in December, the office has been pretty empty.
So I’m happy to say that we finally have a new District Conservationist in the office! Rebecka, Becky, Ayre started in the office on Monday.
In her words: “I was born in Helena, MT and grew up in Roberts, MT. Growing up I was active in sports, business clubs, and agricultural clubs. I went to school at MSU-Bozeman and got a BS in Animal Science as well as Rangeland Management Ecology. I started my career in NRCS in May of 2016 in Malta, MT where I have been for the last 4 years. I have a 5 year old Australian Shepherd named Jaide and we are both super excited to be in Helena. I can’t wait to meet and get to know the people here.”
Also in the office is Soil Conservationist, Jason Saari and Sean Clancy, Area Engineer whose bios were in the last newsletter.
We welcome all 3 of you to the county and to the office and hope for great things.
Currently, the office doors remain locked. However, staff is all working, doing field work and taking appointments. If you’re looking for assistance from NRCS, call 406-449-5000 ext. 3 to speak with someone in the office. It is field season, so you may need to leave a voice mail!