NRCS Electronic Field Office Technical Guide/eFOTG
The Field Office Technical Guide is the primary technical reference for NRCS. It contains information about the conservation of soil, water, air, plant, animal, and human resources.
The Technical Guide is divided into five (5) sections:
Section I-General Resource References
This section provides general state maps, descriptions of Major Land Resource Areas, watershed information, and links to NRCS reference manuals and handbooks. This information helps people understand the natural resources within the field office service area and helps them make decisions about resource use and management systems. It also provides references or electronic links to researchers, universities, and cooperating agencies, as well as conservation practice costs, agricultural laws and regulations, and computer-based tools used in resource analysis.
Section II-Soil and Site Information
This section contains information, data, and interpretations about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. This information includes soils information; climatic data; cultural resources information; threatened and endangered species lists; ecological site descriptions; and forage suitability group descriptions.
Section III-Conservation Management Systems
Quality Criteria are used to establish treatment levels necessary to adequately address natural resource concerns and human considerations that help provide sustained and enhanced use of natural resources.
Section IV-Practice Standards
Colorado practice standards are filed in this section. Practice Standards define the practice and where it applies, establishes criteria for planning and applying the practice, and lists considerations and maintenance concerns.
Section V-Conservation Effects
Conservation Effects provides background information on how the implementation of Conservation Practices affects each identified resource concern.