Preston Irwin is a ten-year veteran of the USDA-NRCS. He has worked as a Rangeland Management Specialist in 5 field offices across Texas and presently serves as the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Grazing Lands Specialist for the Trans-Pecos region. Since 2005, Preston has provided technical support to 15 field offices in 20 counties, covering over 46,000 square miles. He has written or assisted with the development of over 200 conservation plans on nearly 2.3 million acres.
A native of South Texas, Preston grew up hunting, fishing and working on his family’s ranch. His love of the outdoors inspired him to attend Texas A&M University, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Rangeland Ecology and Management, and a Master of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management. This education, coupled with the desire to serve the public, led him to a career with NRCS.
Preston enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and working on his farm outside Fort Stockton, Texas. He’s excited about starting in his new role of State Grazing Lands Specialist for NRCS-Pacific Islands Area. Be on the lookout for Preston in mid-January, and give him a warm Aloha! His office is at the Waimea NRCS Service Center on the Big Island. And please, show him some killer hunting spots, too!