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Pollinator Conservation Specialist
NRCS Partner Biologist
Erin Cocca, Xerces Society

As a pollinator and beneficial insect conservation planner and partner biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Erin provides technical assistance on pollinator and other beneficial insect conservation in the state of Maine. This work includes planning, designing, installing, and managing habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Erin also works with staff and research partners to develop technical guidelines and provide training on pollinator and beneficial insect conservation practices.

Erin holds a bachelor of science in conservation biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has since worked as a farm apprentice on an organic vegetable farm in New Hampshire. She then dove into private lands conservation, conducting land surveying at a soil and water conservation district in Illinois. Erin then became a soil conservationist with Maine NRCS, gaining familiarity with USDA conservation programs and the diversity of farming and forestry operations that exist in the state of Maine. When she is not working on conservation, Erin enjoys gardening and shepherding, and she is often running or swimming across the abundance of trails, ponds, and beaches throughout Maine.