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Introduction

Resource Stewardship (RS) is a voluntary service provided by NRCS through a new evaluation tool.  RS enhances conservation planning by benchmarking the level of resource stewardship on the land and helping NRCS clients better identify their conservation goals and improve their outcomes.

RS uses a web-based platform to evaluate the health of soil, water, air and wildlife habitat. RS evaluates a user defined management system against the inherent site characteristics in order to perform this evaluation.

Upon the completion of RS, clients receive a report called the Resource Stewardship Evaluation (RSE) which visually graphs their stewardship achievements and suggests opportunities to improve resource stewardship. Evaluations are available for crop, pasture, range, forest, farmstead, and associated ag land uses.

If you would like a Resource Stewardship Evaluation completed on your operation, please reach out to your local NRCS office.  To access Resource Stewardship, visit https://rs.sc.egov.usda.gov/Splash.aspx

The following graph shows an example visual from an RSE report, highlighting where a client’s operation scores on each of the criteria listed in comparison to the vertical blue threshold bar. The shaded bars suggest opportunities the client can take to meet or surpass the threshold bar and improve resource stewardship. 

Example visual from an RSE report, highlighting where a client's operation scores on each of the criteria listed in comparison to the vertical blue threshold bar. The shaded bars suggest opportunities the client can take to meet or surpass the threshold bar and improve resource stewardship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructional walk-throughs on this site are developed for those with access to RS to use as a resource while completing evaluations, but anyone interested in learning more about RS or the technical foundation behind it can access these walk-throughs or more information available on the appendix page.

Please note that in order to maintain and protect confidential client information, only NRCS staff and specific partners can currently access RS.

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