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1 CONSERVATION PLANNING Jim Krueger State Resource Conservationist CONSERVATIONPLANNING

2 CONSERVATION PLANNING Core agency functionCore agency function Ensure that resource concerns are recognized and alternatives presentedEnsure that resource concerns are recognized and alternatives presented Foundation for programsFoundation for programs Resource conservation is the goalResource conservation is the goal Enable conservationEnable conservation Some things havent changed!!

3 CONSERVATION PLANNING Phase I Collection and Analysis Phase II Decision Support Phase III Application and Evaluation Planning Process Phase I Collection and Analysis Phase II Decision Support Phase III Application and Evaluation

4 CONSERVATION PLANNING Some things are still evolving: Moving to web based and electronic applications (eGov) Moving to web based and electronic applications (eGov) – Emphasis is still on working together with people to solve resource problems 70 years of science and technology available electronically 70 years of science and technology available electronically – Peer reviewed and tested Planning Process

5 CONSERVATION PLANNING Policies – GM / GM Policies – GM / GM Practice StandardsPractice Standards Quality CriteriaQuality Criteria CPPECPPE Common Resource AreasCommon Resource Areas Guide SheetsGuide Sheets Handbooks and ProceduresHandbooks and Procedures Evolution of Other Tools Planning Process

6 CONSERVATION PLANNING Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) What it is? What does it contain? How is it accessed? How is it used?

7 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What it is? Primary technical reference of NRCSPrimary technical reference of NRCS Contains information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources (SWAPA)Contains information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources (SWAPA) Localized to each countyLocalized to each county

8 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What does it contain? Section I General References : General References : - Links to technical handbooks, references and agency manuals - Links to technical handbooks, references and agency manuals

9 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What does it contain? Section II Natural Resources Information: - Soils data, climate data, ecological site descriptions, windbreak suitability groups, forage suitability groups, cultural resources information, wildlife habitat guides and interpretations, threatened and endangered species listing, cropland production tables, etc…

10 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What does it contain? Section III Conservation Management Systems: Conservation Management Systems: - Quality Criteria that establishes treatment levels necessary to protect / sustain resource use / productivity

11 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What does it contain? Section IV Practice Standards and Specifications: - Information on the planning, installation, and certification of conservation practices - Planning tools, forms, and technical notes to assist with practice application

12 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - What does it contain? Section V Conservation Effects: - How installation of various practices affect resource concerns

13 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG – How is it accessed? An electronic copy (eFOTG) is available at the following Website: wwww wwww wwww.... nnnn rrrr cccc ssss.... uuuu ssss dddd aaaa.... gggg oooo vvvv //// tttt eeee cccc hhhh nnnn iiii cccc aaaa llll //// eeee ffff oooo tttt gggg

14 CONSERVATION PLANNING Welcome to eFOTG

15 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Select a county

16 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Select a section

17 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG – Layout

18 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Layout

19 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Layout

20 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Layout

21 CONSERVATION PLANNING eFOTG - Layout

22 CONSERVATION PLANNING Additions and revisions of eFOTG information is a continuous process.Additions and revisions of eFOTG information is a continuous process. Changes are posted under What's Changed Recently. Check this often!Changes are posted under What's Changed Recently. Check this often! If you use hard copy information downloaded from eFOTG, update it as soon as revisions are announced.If you use hard copy information downloaded from eFOTG, update it as soon as revisions are announced. eFOTG - User tips

23 CONSERVATION PLANNING Completed major revisions: –Provided clarity of definitions –Provided uniformity and consistency –Incorporated new measurement tools and technologies and technologies –Prepared for public scrutiny FOTG - Quality Criteria Conservation Planning Process

24 CONSERVATION PLANNING FOTG - Quality Criteria Conservation Planning Process

25 CONSERVATION PLANNING - Offer utility in planning - Allow planner to actively select systems from guide sheets associated with the CRA - Allow planner to actively select systems from guide sheets associated with the CRA - Reduce time spent on routine systems - Reduce time spent on routine systems - Let planner concentrate on more complex issues - Let planner concentrate on more complex issues - Give planner the flexibility to edit or add systems - Give planner the flexibility to edit or add systems - Help with training our planners and TSPs - Help with training our planners and TSPs - Help producers through self-assessment - Help producers through self-assessment Conservation System Guide Sheets Conservation Planning Process

26 CONSERVATION PLANNING Note: Linking processes of the past and those that are occurring today – planning certification, employee development, eFOTG, Toolkit, ProTracts, quality criteria, CPPE, data warehouse, and CRAs available are linked to future developments. Conservation Planning Process Employee Certification Conservation Practice Physical Effects Quality Criteria ProTracts Customer Service Toolkit Employee Development Practice Standards ConservationPlanning CRA Maps Resource Concerns

27 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process National Planning Procedures Handbook (NPPH) Amendment 4

28 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process PLANNING POLICY General Manual, Title 180, Part 409 Three Phase – Nine Step Three Phase – Nine Step Sound Use and Management Resources Sound Use and Management Resources - SWAPAH - SWAPAH NPPH / FOTG / FOCS NPPH / FOTG / FOCS

29 CONSERVATION PLANNING NEPA NEPA T&E Species T&E Species FOIA FOIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Wetlands Wetlands Appeals Appeals OTHER POLICIES Cultural Resources Cultural Resources Conservation Planning Process

30 CONSERVATION PLANNING National Environmental Policy Act - Signed January 1, 1970 Title I - Requirements for agencies Title II - Establishes CEQ OTHER POLICIES NEPA Conservation Planning Process

31 CONSERVATION PLANNING General Manual, Title 420, Parts 401, 601 General Manual, Title 420, Parts 401, 601 NRCS must account for cultural resources NRCS must account for cultural resources Agreement with SHPO Agreement with SHPO - Specifies how NRCS compliance activities will take place in each state Cultural Resources OTHER POLICIES Conservation Planning Process

32 CONSERVATION PLANNING General Manual, Title 190, Part 410 General Manual, Title 190, Part 410 Endangered Species Act (ESA) Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Section 7 - Promote TAES - Promote TAES - No adverse effect - No adverse effect Section 9 Section 9 - Prohibited activities - Prohibited activities OTHER POLICIES T & E Species Conservation Planning Process

33 CONSERVATION PLANNING PROGRAMS Conservation Planning Process Influence planning workload Influence planning workload Support planning process Support planning process - Plan for resources - Plan for resources - Dont plan for programs - Dont plan for programs Voluntary vs. mandatory resource treatment Voluntary vs. mandatory resource treatment

34 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process PROGRAMS Commitment To The Planning Process Use programs to support process Use programs to support process Balance quality and quantity Balance quality and quantity Provide better service to clients and partners Provide better service to clients and partners

35 CONSERVATION PLANNING Key Elements of Conservation Planning 1. The Planner 2. The Client 3. The Process 4. The Plan 5. The Partnership Conservation Planning Process

36 CONSERVATION PLANNING 1. The Planner - An Effective Conservation Planner - An Effective Conservation Planner - Salesmanship - Salesmanship Professionalism Professionalism Client and community values and issues Client and community values and issues Agricultural issues Agricultural issues Environmental issues Environmental issues - Clients Motivation - Clients Motivation - Consideration of the Client - Consideration of the Client Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning

37 CONSERVATION PLANNING 2. The Client - Clients Understanding - Clients Understanding Planning process Planning process Clients role Clients role Planners role Planners role Role of the conservation district Role of the conservation district Plans are developed on-site Plans are developed on-site Long term relationship Long term relationship Plans are flexible Plans are flexible - Confidentiality - Confidentiality Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning

38 CONSERVATION PLANNING 3. The Process Voluntary Voluntary On-going On-going Ecological and human concerns Ecological and human concerns Desired future conditions Desired future conditions Conservation management systems Conservation management systems Consideration of on-site and off-site effects and impacts Consideration of on-site and off-site effects and impacts Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning

39 CONSERVATION PLANNING 4. The Plan Conservation plans Conservation plans Area-wide conservation plans Area-wide conservation plans Comprehensive plans with a unit of government Comprehensive plans with a unit of government Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning

40 CONSERVATION PLANNING 5. The Partnership Conservation districts Conservation districts Other partners Other partners Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning

41 CONSERVATION PLANNING The Clients Role Must be involved throughout the planning process Is the decision maker Develops the plan Implements the plan Owns the plan Conservation Planning Process

42 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning is a teaching / learning process. It an opportunity to: TeachObserveDemonstrateEvaluateLearn Work together Monitor Conservation Planning Process

43 CONSERVATION PLANNING Consider the needs and capabilities of each acre within the plan. Consider the farmers facilities, machinery, and economic situation. Incorporate the farmers willingness to try new practices. Consider the lands relationship to the entire farm, ranch, or watershed. Ensure the conservationists presence out on the land with the decision-maker. Conservation Planning Process

44 CONSERVATION PLANNING Phase I - Collection and Analysis 1. Identify problems 2. Determine objectives 3. Inventory resources 4. Analyze resource data Phase II - Decision Support 5. Formulate alternatives 6. Evaluate alternatives 7. Make decisions Phase III - Application and Evaluation 8. Implement the plan 9. Evaluate the plan Conservation Planning Process

45 CONSERVATION PLANNING - Identify - Identify resource concernsresource concerns - Describe - Describe natural resource conditionsnatural resource conditions - Evaluate - Evaluate conservation practice physical effectsconservation practice physical effects Conservation Planning Process

46 CONSERVATION PLANNING Identify problems and opportunitiesIdentify problems and opportunities Require on-site visitsRequire on-site visits Identify existing problemsIdentify existing problems Identify potential problemsIdentify potential problems Identify perceived problemsIdentify perceived problems Identify inter-related problemsIdentify inter-related problems Conservation Planning Process STEP 1

47 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process

48 CONSERVATION PLANNING Determine objectivesDetermine objectives Desired future conditionsDesired future conditions Based on resource and producer values and needsBased on resource and producer values and needs Conservation Planning Process STEP 2

49 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process

50 CONSERVATION PLANNING - Inventory Resources - Inventory ResourcesSWAPAH - Procedural - Procedural Assessment tools - Observation - Observation Experience / knowledge Experience / knowledge - Predictive - Predictive RUSLE II - Deductive - Deductive Reason and common sense Conservation Planning Process STEP 3

51 CONSERVATION PLANNING Terraces reduce soil loss and resultant sedimentation. Conservation Planning Process

52 CONSERVATION PLANNING Conservation Planning Process

53 CONSERVATION PLANNING - Analyze resource data - Analyze resource data - Use quality criteria - Use quality criteria - Clearly define natural resource concerns - Clearly define natural resource concerns - Include current and potential uses - Include current and potential uses Conservation Planning Process STEP 4

54 CONSERVATION PLANNING Waterways trap sediment and nutrients. Conservation Planning Process

55 CONSERVATION PLANNING Filter strips absorb sediments and nutrients. Conservation Planning Process

56 CONSERVATION PLANNING Formulate alternatives - Formulate alternatives - Meet producer needs - Meet producer needs - Structural alternatives - Structural alternatives - Non-structural alternatives - Non-structural alternatives - Market-based alternatives - Market-based alternatives - Cost-share assistance - Cost-share assistance - Easements - Easements - Mitigate potential adverse effects - Mitigate potential adverse effects - Meet regulatory requirements - Meet regulatory requirements Conservation Planning Process STEP 5

57 CONSERVATION PLANNING Setback zones prevent direct entry of pollutants into a stream. Conservation Planning Process

58 CONSERVATION PLANNING Field scouting can optimize pesticide and fertilizer use. Test soil periodically Test soil periodically. Conservation Planning Process

59 CONSERVATION PLANNING Evaluate alternativesEvaluate alternatives Sound informationSound information Required to make informed decisionsRequired to make informed decisions Conservation Planning Process STEP 6

60 CONSERVATION PLANNING Given a choice cattle prefer to drink water from a tank. Conservation Planning Process

61 CONSERVATION PLANNING Restrict Stream Access Conservation Planning Process

62 CONSERVATION PLANNING Livestock exclusion from sensitive areas is one option. Conservation Planning Process

63 CONSERVATION PLANNING Make decisionsMake decisions Document decisions and reasoning or making those decisionsDocument decisions and reasoning or making those decisions Conservation Planning Process STEP 7

64 CONSERVATION PLANNING Implement the planImplement the plan Cost-share programs become involved at this stepCost-share programs become involved at this step Technical application assistance providedTechnical application assistance provided Permits obtainedPermits obtained Conservation Planning Process STEP 8

65 CONSERVATION PLANNING Drop Structure Conservation Planning Process

66 CONSERVATION PLANNING No-till reduces run-off and increases water infiltration resulting in less soil erosion and pollutant run-off. Conservation Planning Process

67 CONSERVATION PLANNING Manure is applied to crop land improperly or in excess. Conservation Planning Process

68 CONSERVATION PLANNING EvaluatePlanActions Conservation Planning Process

69 CONSERVATION PLANNING Technical Service Providers (TSPs) Programs EQIP CRP WHIP WRP GRP CSP FPP THE BASICS

70 CONSERVATION PLANNING Food Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 The Secretary shall provide technical assistance directly, through payments for an approved third party, (technical service provider) by entering into cooperative agreements or contracts with non-Federal entities. Technical Service Providers (TSPs) THE BASICS

71 CONSERVATION PLANNING KSU will lead the effort to provide educational opportunities for potential technical service providers. The State Conservationist will certify and add technical service providers to an approved list for providing specific technical assistance. Technical Service Providers (TSPs) THE BASICS

72 CONSERVATION PLANNING TSPs must meet minimum education and experience requirements become certified be listed as an approved provider by the State Conservationist Technical Service Providers (TSPs) THE BASICS

73 CONSERVATION PLANNING 1. Landowners LTC is funded 2. Practice eligible for assistance 3. Landowner hires provider 4. Practice completed 5. Landowner pays provider 6. NRCS reimburses landowner Technical Service Providers (TSPs) THE BASICS

74 CONSERVATION PLANNING DesignLayout Implementation oversight CheckoutDocumentation Technical Service Providers (TSPs) TSP RESPONSIBILITIES

75 CONSERVATION PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS Technical Service Providers (TSPs) First Phase Implementation AnimalW aste Nutrient Management Irrigation

76 CONSERVATION PLANNING Second Phase Implementation Grasslands Erosion Control Wetlands Pest Management BuffersOthers Technical Service Providers (TSPs) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS

77 CONSERVATION PLANNING Other Opportunities Cooperative agreements Contribution agreements Federal contracts OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS Technical Service Providers (TSPs)

78 CONSERVATION PLANNING Total Number of Individual Technical Service Providers Technical Service Providers (TSPs) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS

79 CONSERVATION PLANNING Technical Service Providers (TSPs) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS

80 CONSERVATION PLANNING Technical Service Provider Fund Obligations as of 9/30/03 Technical Service Providers (TSPs) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS

81 CONSERVATION PLANNING NRCS Technical Service Provider Fund Obligations - As of September 30, 2003 Technical Service Providers (TSPs) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSPS

82 CONSERVATION PLANNING ?? QUESTIONS ?? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC or call (202) (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."


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