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Conservation Planning

Conservation planning addresses soil, water, plants, animals, energy, and human resources




A Conservation Plan is Your First Step

Got A Farm? Got A Plan? Make It A Good One with NRCS!The development and implementation a conservation plan ensures that your land’s unique natural resources are managed in the best possible way, while maintaining sustainability and productivity.

After soil, water, air, plant, animal, human, and energy resource considerations are inventoried and evaluated, an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner will suggest several options that you can select from to include in your conservation plan, selecting the best combination of Conservation Practices to meet both natural resource needs and your individual land management goals, even if they change.

If conservation practices are already being used on the land, these will also be evaluated and may be included as part of the plan. If improvements are suggested, they can become part of the plan too. The conservation plan will serve as a complete record of the decisions made, with an implementation schedule that fits the your timetable and resources.

Many conservation practices can be implemented with financial assistance available from a variety of Conservation Programs. Having an active conservation plan may help a you qualify for this assistance. If compliance with environmental regulations is a concern, a conservation plan may be able to help.

To learn more about conservation planning, financial assistance, or to request a visit by an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner, contact your local NRCS office. Remember, conservation planning is provided free of charge.

Conservation Planning Portal

A landowner meeting with a NRCS representative to develop a conservation plan

NRCS Certified Conservation Planners use a variety of tools to inventory and evaluate the resources of your land. Other tools help plan the best conservation practices to address known resource concerns, or those discovered during the inventory and evaluation steps.

To assist you and your planner with the development of your conservation plan, we have created a series of web pages to use as a guide while you work through the Nine-steps of Conservation Planning. Please feel free to visit these pages to view the tools and processes we will use together as your plan is developed.

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