Conservation Q/A Session for Private Landowners

The Elk River Watershed Improvement Association (ERWIA) and McDonald County Extension held a Private Landowners informational meeting in Pineville on March 31, 2009. John Hobbs, McDonald County Extension's Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist, served as moderator of the meeting and discussed services available to landowners through the county extension center. Drew Holt, ERWIA director, presented information on area streams' nutrient loads and discussed ERWIA's plans and projects for water quality improvements. Lynn Jenkins, District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Neosho, presented information on landowner assistance available through NRCS and McDonald and Newton County Soil and Water Conservation Programs. The final speaker was Mike Petersen, Private Land Conservationist with Missouri Department of Conservation. Mike provided additional information on landowner land and water conservation programs available through his office. Thirty landowners from McDonald County attended the meeting and there was much discussion about various local efforts to encourage land and water resources conservation, including cost-share programs and practices available to landowners. The meeting included a great dinner provided by the Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 492 Pineville-Jane