The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides conservation
planning and technical assistance to clients (individuals, groups, and units of
government). These clients develop and implement conservation plans to protect,
conserve, and enhance natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, and animals)
within their related social and economic interests.
Conservation planning is a natural resource problem- solving and management
process. The process integrates ecological (natural resource), economic, and
social considerations to meet private and public needs. This approach, which
emphasizes identifying desired future conditions, improves natural resource
management, minimizes conflict, and addresses problems and opportunities.
The success of conservation planning and implementation depends upon the
voluntary participation of clients. The planning process used by NRCS is based
on the premise that clients will make and implement sound decisions if they
understand their resources, natural resource problems and opportunities, and the
effects of their decisions.
Conservation planning helps clients, conservationists, and others view the
environment as a living system of which humans are an integral part. It enables
clients and planners to analyze and work with complex natural processes in
definable and measurable terms.
The NRCS objective in conservation planning is the sound use and management of
soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources to prevent their degradation and
ensure their sustained use and productivity while also considering related human
social and economic needs.
Conservation Planning Policy, Procedures, Tools and Aids