NRCS welcomes new technician

By LESLEY TOTH
Mille Lacs County Times

The Mille Lacs County Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Milaca has a new Soil Conservation Technician. Bill Fitzgerald started his duties  Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Fitzgerald comes to Mille Lacs County after having worked for the NRCS the past year in the Kahului field office in Maui, Hawaii. Although the move required a tolerance for the extreme weather contrasts, Fitzgerald is no stranger to Midwest winters. Before Maui, he worked for eight years in the Spirit Lake and Estherville field offices in Northwest Iowa as a NRCS and District Technician as well as a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Field Specialist.

Fitzgerald received his college education at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa and attended graduate school at the University Of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

He said his many siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins living in the metro area prompted the move to Milaca.

Fitzgerald’s duties at the local NRCS will be varied.

“I will do survey, design and technical assistance for planning and implementing conservation practices as well as support for conservation program delivery in Mille Lacs County,” he said. “I hope to assist landowners and operators in their efforts to be good stewards of our natural resources in Mille Lacs County.”

In his spare time, Fitzgerald enjoys being outdoors, fishing and hunting as well as camping, cycling and kayaking. He looks forward to being near his extensive family and friends in Minnesota as well as exploring the lakes, trails and forests and other recreational opportunities Minnesota has to offer.

Fitzgerald encourages landowners and operators in the county to stop in so that he and the rest of the NRCS and Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District staff can assist them with their conservation needs.  He can be contacted at 320-983-2154 or william.fitzgerald@mn.usda.gov.

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