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NRCS California Strategic Goals 5, 6 & 7


Strategic Goal 5: Regulatory Engagement
Assist landowners/operators to comply with regulations and engage with the regulatory community as policy and procedures are developed so that they are technically feasible to accomplish.

Strategic goal-5Objective 5.1
Increase knowledge and awareness of regulations and permitting, and identify additional organizations that can provide technical assistance for regulatory compliance.

Strategic Actions:

  • Improve field office staff and customer understanding of regulatory issues affecting clients.
  • Increase staff knowledge of local agency and organization contacts that can assist with expeditious permitting of conservation projects.
  • Build relationships with the regulatory community to identify issues and populations that need permitting and compliance assistance.
  • Collaborate with regulatory agencies to provide coverage for anyone following NRCS standards and specs and minimize inconsistent local regulatory interpretations.


  • Employees feel competent in providing regulatory compliance assistance.
  • NRCS can respond to requests for permit assistance and work with partners to develop coordinated permit processes.


Strategic Goal 6: Emerging Resource Issues
Emerging issues will be identified, understood, and engaged in as resources are available.

Strategic goal-6Objective 6.1
Expand technical knowledge, partnerships, and increase communication to address emerging issues.

Strategic Actions:

  • Prioritize the current issues of climate change, groundwater contamination and depletion, and drought resiliency and educate staff to engage customers in incorporating adaptation and mitigation strategies into conservation plans.
  • Solidify key partnerships and increase partner attendance at state and local technical meetings.
  • Work with partners to provide staff training and workshops on practical adaptation and mitigation techniques that address emerging issues.
  • Increase engagement with multi-agency technical centers and work with them to adapt existing NRCS technical services to the needs of California.
  • Develop new practice standards, Conservation Activity Plans, and Technical Notes that focus on emerging issues.


  • Technical capacity is maximized guiding NRCS in addressing new and emerging issues and focusing resources at the field level.
  • NRCS is recognized as relevant; able to quickly and effectively provide information, implement plans, and give technical assistance to address emerging issues.


Strategic Goal 7: Program Delivery
Farm Bill programs and services and Conservation Planning 2.0 will be fully used as tools to implement conservation.

Strategic goal-7Objective 7.1
Engage and inform clients on the importance of Conservation Planning as a foundation of program participation.

Strategic Actions: 

  • Increase leveraging of industry-specific partners to promote and demonstrate the utility and value of Conservation Planning.
  • Strengthen technical and planning partnerships with groups focused on small farms and other under-served communities.

Objective 7.2
Conservation Planning guides program participation, policy and procedure development, and quality implementation.

Strategic Actions: 

  • Reduce redundancies in program delivery to allow planners the time to assist producers with the technical aspects of planning and practice implementation. 
  • Strengthen program screening criteria that prioritize shovel-ready conservation plans.
  • Provide post-obligation design, construction, and implementation support to planners.


  • Program delivery is supported by quality conservation plans that are completed in a timely manner prior to program funding and contracting.
  • Technical specialists and planning and administrative resources are more robust and readily available to field staff.
  • All customers including underserved communities utilize NRCS planning and technical services before seeking financial incentives.


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