Conservation Planning - Investing in Our Future
Conservation Planning—Investing in Our Future
Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help private landowners conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources.
Conservation planning began in the early 1940s.
Hugh Hammond Bennett –“Father of Soil Conservation”
- Considers the needs and capabilities of each acre
- Considers the farmer’s abilities, machinery, and economic situation
- Incorporates the farmer’s willingness to try new practices
- Considers the land’s relationship to the entire farm, ranch, or watershed
- Ensures the conservationist’s presence on the land
NRCS strives to reach its mission of “Helping People Help the Land” through its employees who provide technical assistance based on sound science suited to a customer's specific needs.
NRCS provides many services; however, the foundation of the Agency is the free technical assistance offered to develop conservation plans and resource management systems.
Conservation planning is a process from which plans are developed by first understanding the resource needs and a landowner’s desired land use goals. Based on sound scientific practices, NRCS provides hands-on assistance to help the landowner achieve as many of their goals as possible.
- Dynamic three-phase, nine-step process
- Natural resources problem solving
- Landowner and resource-driven
- Process which considers:
Conservation Planning Process
- Phase I—Collection and Analysis
- Identify problems and opportunities
- Determine objectives
- Inventory resources
- Analyze resource data
- Phase II—Decision Support
- Formulate alternatives
- Evaluate alternatives
- Makes decisions
- Phase III—Application and Evaluation
- Implement the plan
- Evaluate the plan
NRCS Conservation Practices
- Address Kansas-specific resource concerns
- Provide guidance for applying conservation technology on the land
- Protect and maintains the natural resources on the land
|Upland Wildlife Habitat |
Provides and manages upland habitats and connectivity within the landscape for wildlife.
|Prescribed Grazing |
Maximizes production and improves grazing lands; includes grazing rotations, fencing, forage plantings, livestock water, and management of herd size.
Reduces soil erosion and improves water quality.
|Livestock Waste Storage |
Prevents nutrient-laden runoff (from feedlots or hard surfaces) and protects water quality.
|Seasonal High Tunnel System |
Extends the growing season for cover crops in an environmentally safe manner.
|Livestock Watering Facility |
Provides suitable water to livestock or wildlife at selected locations to improve grazing management and protects streams, ponds, and water supplies.
|Forest/Timber Stand Improvement |
Improves the quality and quantity of forest stock and maintains ground cover for soil and water conservation.
NRCS Conservation Plans
- Provide a guide to reach landuse and natural resource goals
- Developed using state-of-the-art technology by conservation experts
- Give landowners priority status if they apply for financial assistance programs
Your local NRCS office has experienced conservationists that can help develop a conservation plan on your farm.
The above information is also available for download (requires Acrobat Reader).
Conservation Planning - Investing in Our Future (PDF; 1.6 MB)