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CTA 2008 Annual Report

Conservation Technical Assistance 2008

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Program provides technical assistance supported by science-based technology and tools to help people conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources on their land.

The CTA program provides the technical capability, including conservation planning, design, and implementation assistance, that helps people plan and apply conservation on the land. This assistance is provided to individuals, groups, and communities who make natural resource management decisions on private, tribal, and other non-federal lands. NRCS, through the CTA Program, provides conservation technical assistance to address state and national natural resource conservation issues.

Highlights - 2008

  • 457,931 acres of conservation plans written
  • 9 watershed or area-wide conservation plans developed
  • 120,478 acres of cropland with conservation applied to improve soil quality
  • 258,257 acres of land with conservation applied to improve water quality
  • 334 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP) written
  • 303 CNMPs applied
  • 94,827 acres of land with conservation applied to improve irrigation efficiency
  • 160,678 acres of grazing and forest land with conservation applied to protect and improve the resource base
  • 70,189 acres of non-federal land with conservation applied to improve fish and wildlife habitat quality
  • 13,646 acres of wetlands created, restored or enhanced
  • 15,795 acres of land and water resources benefitted by Resource Conservation and Development projects
  • 82 local businesses created or retained in rural communities