Presentation on theme: "Jim Krueger State Resource Conservationist"— Presentation transcript:
1Jim Krueger State Resource Conservationist PLANNINGJim KruegerState Resource Conservationist
2Some things haven’t changed!! Core agency functionEnsure that resource concerns are recognized and alternatives presentedFoundation for programsResource conservation is the goalEnable conservation
3Planning Process Phase I Phase II Collection Phase I Phase II Decision NRCS has long used a planning process that, when followed, will ensure that all the issues are considered AND the greatest degree of resource management (conservation) can be attained.We use a three phase, nine-step, planning process. The cycle is cyclical and reiterative. It is essentially, the same process that any of us use when we by a car, a house, or a pet. (relate an example)Phase ICollectionandAnalysisPhase IIDecisionSupportPhase ICollectionandAnalysisPhase IIDecisionSupportPhase IIIApplicationandEvaluationPhase IIIApplicationandEvaluation
4Some things are still evolving: Planning ProcessSome things are still evolving:Moving to web based and electronic applications (eGov)Emphasis is still on working together with people to solve resource problems70 years of science and technology available electronicallyPeer reviewed and tested
5Evolution of Other Tools Handbooks and Procedures Planning ProcessEvolution of Other ToolsPolicies – GM / GMPractice StandardsQuality CriteriaCPPECommon Resource AreasGuide SheetsHandbooks and Procedures
6Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) What it is?What does it contain?How is it accessed?How is it used?
7FOTG - What it is? Primary technical reference of NRCS Contains information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources (SWAPA)Localized to each county
8FOTG - What does it contain? Section I General References :- Links to technical handbooks, references and agency manuals
9FOTG - 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…
10FOTG - What does it contain? Section III Conservation Management Systems:- Quality Criteria that establishes treatment levels necessary to protect / sustain resource use / productivity
11FOTG - 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
12FOTG - What does it contain? Section V Conservation Effects: - How installation of various practices affect resource concerns
13FOTG – How is it accessed? An electronic copy (eFOTG) is available at the following Website:
22eFOTG - User tipsAdditions and revisions of eFOTG information is a continuous process.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.
23Conservation Planning Process FOTG - Quality Criteria Completed major revisions:Provided clarity of definitionsProvided uniformity and consistencyIncorporated new measurement toolsand technologiesPrepared for public scrutiny
24Conservation Planning Process FOTG - Quality Criteria
25Conservation Planning Process Conservation System Guide Sheets- Offer utility in planning- Allow planner to actively select systems from guide sheets associated with the CRA- Reduce time spent on routine systems- Let planner concentrate on more complex issues- Give planner the flexibility to edit or add systems- Help with training our planners and TSP’s- Help producers through self-assessment
26Conservation Planning Process Quality CriteriaConservation Practice Physical EffectsEmployee CertificationEmployee DevelopmentConservationPlanningCustomer Service ToolkitResource ConcernsCRA MapsPractice StandardsProTractsNote: Linking processes of the past and those that are occurring today – planning certification, employee development, eFOTG, Toolkit, ProTracts, quality criteria, CPPE, data warehouse, and CRA’s available are linked to future developments.
27Conservation Planning Process National Planning Procedures Handbook (NPPH)Amendment 4
28Conservation Planning Process General Manual, Title 180, Part 409 PLANNING POLICYGeneral Manual, Title 180, Part 409Three Phase – Nine StepSound Use and Management Resources- SWAPAHNPPH / FOTG / FOCS
29Conservation Planning Process OTHER POLICIESCivil RightsWetlandsAppealsNEPAT&E SpeciesFOIACultural Resources
30Conservation Planning Process OTHER POLICIESNEPANational Environmental Policy Act- Signed January 1, 1970Title I- Requirements for agenciesTitle II- Establishes CEQ
31Conservation Planning Process OTHER POLICIESCultural ResourcesGeneral Manual, Title 420, Parts 401, 601NRCS must account for cultural resourcesAgreement with SHPO- Specifies how NRCS compliance activities will take place in each state
32Conservation Planning Process OTHER POLICIEST & E SpeciesGeneral Manual, Title 190, Part 410Endangered Species Act (ESA)Section 7- Promote TAES- No adverse effectSection 9- Prohibited activities
33Conservation Planning Process PROGRAMSInfluence planning workloadSupport planning process- Plan for resources- Don’t plan for programsVoluntary vs. mandatory resource treatment
34Conservation Planning Process Commitment To The Planning Process PROGRAMSCommitment To The Planning ProcessUse programs to support processBalance quality and quantityProvide better service to clients and partners
35Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning 1. The Planner2. The Client3. The Process4. The Plan5. The Partnership
36Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning The Planner- An Effective Conservation Planner- SalesmanshipProfessionalismClient and community values and issuesAgricultural issuesEnvironmental issues- Client’s Motivation- Consideration of the Client
37Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning The Client- Client’s UnderstandingPlanning processClient’s rolePlanner’s roleRole of the conservation districtPlans are developed on-siteLong term relationshipPlans are flexible- Confidentiality
38Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning The ProcessVoluntaryOn-goingEcological and human concernsDesired future conditionsConservation management systemsConsideration of on-site and off-site effects and impacts
39Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning The PlanConservation plansArea-wide conservation plansComprehensive plans with a unit of government
40Conservation Planning Process Key Elements of Conservation Planning The PartnershipConservation districtsOther partners
41Conservation Planning Process The Client’s RoleMust be involved throughout the planning processIs the decision makerDevelops the planImplements the planOwns the plan
42Conservation Planning Process Conservation Planning is a teaching / learning process.It an opportunity to:TeachObserveDemonstrateEvaluateLearnWork togetherMonitor
43Conservation Planning Process Consider the needs and capabilities of each acre within the plan.Consider the farmer’s facilities, machinery, and economic situation.Incorporate the farmer’s willingness to try new practices.Consider the land’s relationship to the entire farm, ranch, or watershed.Ensure the conservationist’s presence out on the land with the decision-maker.
44Conservation Planning Process Phase I - Collection and Analysis1. Identify problems2. Determine objectives3. Inventory resources4. Analyze resource dataPhase II - Decision Support5. Formulate alternatives6. Evaluate alternatives7. Make decisionsPhase III - Application and Evaluation8. Implement the plan9. Evaluate the plan
45Conservation Planning Process - Identifyresource concerns- Describenatural resource conditions- Evaluateconservation practice physical effects
46Conservation Planning Process STEP 1Identify problems and opportunitiesRequire on-site visitsIdentify existing problemsIdentify potential problemsIdentify perceived problemsIdentify inter-related problems
66Conservation Planning Process No-till reduces run-off and increases water infiltration resulting in less soil erosion and pollutant run-off.
67Conservation Planning Process Manure is applied to crop land improperly or in excess.
68Conservation Planning Process EvaluatePlanActions
69Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) THE BASICSProgramsEQIPCRPWRPFPPGRPWHIPCSP
70Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) THE BASICSFood Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002The Secretary shall provide technical assistance directly, through paymentsfor an approved third party, (technical service provider)by entering into cooperative agreements or contracts with non-Federal entities.
71Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) THE BASICSKSU 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.
72Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) THE BASICSTSP’s must meet minimum education and experience requirementsbecome certifiedbe listed as an approved provider by the State Conservationist
73Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) THE BASICS1. Landowner’s LTC is funded2. Practice eligible for assistance3. Landowner hires provider4. Practice completed5. Landowner pays provider6. NRCS reimburses landowner
74Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) Implementation oversight TSP RESPONSIBILITIESDesignLayoutImplementation oversightCheckoutDocumentation
75Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’SFirst Phase ImplementationAnimalWasteIrrigationNutrient Management
76Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’SSecond Phase ImplementationGrasslandsErosion ControlWetlandsPest ManagementBuffersOthers
77Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’SOther OpportunitiesCooperative agreementsContribution agreementsFederal contracts
78Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’S Total Number of Individual Technical Service Providers
79Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’S
80Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’STechnical Service Provider Fund Obligations as of 9/30/03
81Technical Service Providers (TSP’s) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TSP’S NRCS Technical Service Provider Fund Obligations - As of September 30, 2003
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