NRCS accomplishes its mission by working closely with West Virginia’s 14 conservation districts and six Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC &D). These locally elected or appointed community leaders ensure that local conservation concerns are met. The WV Conservation Agency and NRCS balance their specific local needs with a coordinated state and national conservation effort. NRCS employees serve all 55 West Virginia counties from 31 field offices across the state. Staff includes engineers, conservationists, technicians, soil scientists, RC&D coordinators, and volunteers. These employees work hand-in-hand with land users to conserve natural resources on private lands. The NRCS manages the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (www.wv.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip.html).