Becky Otto is the resident Natural Resources District Conservationist.As a member of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Otto provides technical assistance regarding conservation of soil and water.The NRCS
is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
, and was created more than seventy years ago.Otto
said the NRCS
has a long history of cooperation and active partnership with conservation districts throughout the United States. "Both organizations have evolved together," Otto
said."Historically, the majority of our work is in agriculture, and we assist many farmers in the U.P.We offer them, as well as other landowners, management planning services regarding manure and agricultural waste, highly erodible land, wildlife habitat improvement, wetlands/waterway protection and restoration, planting recommendations, rotational grazing and nutrient management." Otto's territory includes Alger
and Marquette counties, and she's
involved in a variety of land and water conservation issues, including the recent efforts to fund and develop a stabilization and emergency watershed plan for Marquette County's Dead River.