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Module 9 Conservation Plan Requirements to Become a Certified Conservation Plann

Module 9 Requirements

  1. Complete your plan soon, while the training is fresh in your memory. Submit plans before Sept. 10 to allow time for NRCS to schedule a field review and complete it while weather and field conditions reasonably allow.
  2. Notify Mark Anderson at mark.anderson@nd.usda.gov or 701-530-2039 of where you want to develop a plan, the name of the producer, brief description of the unit, and approximate time frame when you want to work on the plan.
  3. Develop a plan that meets Resource Management System (RMS) criteria on cropland and farmstead land uses or includes RMS alternatives for these land uses at least. If you will only provide assistance on other land uses, the plan may include just those land uses. RMS criteria are explained in the electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) Section III.
  4. Complete design of conservation practices to the extent practical. Refer to Design & Installation Guides for vegetative and management practices in the eFOTG. Also refer to the Documentation Requirements for each practice, found in the eFOTG Section IV of the Conservation Practices subsection. Access the applicable North Dakota forms through the conservation practice folders in Section IV of the eFOTG.
  5. Recommended North Dakota conservation plan format is a six-part folder:
    • Cover 1 (reserved for contract documents)
    • Cover 2 Conservation assistance notes
      • Correspondence
      • Environmental evaluation, form ND-CPA-52
    • Cover 3 Unit location map (NRCS county road map works well)
      Conservation plan map developed in Toolkit, including:
      • Legal description, scale, and north arrow
      • Relevant features shown using standard NRCS map symbols or labels.
      • Each field identified by number and clearly delineated.
      • Land use identified on each field and its acreage
      • Soils map
      • Soils legend
      • Soils non-technical descriptions and applicable interpretations

    • Cover 4 Conservation Plan of Operations, including:
      • Field numbers
      • Names of planned conservation practices and their code number
      • Extent of each practice planned
      • Month and year of planned installation or application
      • Conservation practice narrative that explains how the practice will be installed and maintained to meet NRCS standards and specifications. Refer to applicable documents and practice documentation forms (on fifth cover). Together, practice narrative and referred-to documents must provide all info needed to achieve success.
      • Signature sheet for land user's and planner's signatures.
    • Cover 5 Practice design, installation, and checkout data such as:
      • Soil loss calculations
      • Grass/legume seeding plan
      • Grass/legume stand evaluation
      • Seed tags and germination tests
      • Tree/shrub planting plan
      • Range inventory data sheets
      • Grazing rotation schedule
      • Engineering design packages
      • Soil test data (salinity, organic matter content, pH, etc)
      • Manure nutrient analysis
      • Nutrient and Pest Mgmt data
      • Operation & Maintenance plans
      • Applicable job sheets, Extension publications, etc
    • Cover 6 (reserved for contract payment data)
  6. Make copies of the plan for yourself and for NRCS.
  7. Record useful assistance notes. The notes should provide a clear understanding of the unit. Operator's objectives, history of resource use, follow-up discussion, etc. Assistance notes should enable NRCS employees not familiar with the unit to understand what the current status is for opportunities, limitations, alternatives discussed, and the operator's concerns, preferences, and decisions.
  8. Immediately after developing your module 9 plan, submit a copy to:

    Todd Schwagler
    USDA-NRCS
    P.O. Box 1458
    Bismarck, ND 58502-1458

    You may want to provide advance notice of the expected completion date and request an appointment date for the review. NRCS will inform you who will review your Module 9 plan.

North Dakota TSP Contact:

Jay Cobb
SD State Conservation Engineer
Phone: 605-352-1260
E-mail: jay.cobb@sd.usda.gov

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