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Benefits and Products Of CTA

Updated 07/23/2009


Healthy private land is America's strength. Seven out of every ten acres of our Nation's land is privately owned. Healthy working land is the foundation of a prosperous U.S. agricultural industry and the cornerstone of environmental quality and the core of healthy communities.

The CTA Program helps clients to address opportunities, concerns, and problems related to the use of natural resources that help keeps land healthy. The Nation benefits from the strong commitment to private land conservation. Benefits of these activities include sustained and improved agricultural productivity; cleaner, safer, and more dependable water supplies; clean air, abundant wildlife, enhanced recreational opportunities, tranquil and scenic landscapes, reduced damages caused by flood, fires, and other natural disasters; and an enhanced natural resource base to support continued economic development and strengthen the quality of life.


CTA Program products may include:

  • New technologies and conservation practices to address emerging challenges that result from greater scientific understanding as well as an increasing number of Federal, State, and local laws and policies on environmental quality that place new requirements on landowners and land-users
  • Inventory and evaluation of soil, water, animal, plant, air, and other resources to help landowners and managers make land use, environmental, and conservation treatment decisions and help them in applying and maintaining conservation practices
  • Design, layout, and evaluation of over 167 potential conservation practices. The land user, in consultation with NRCS technical specialists and conservationists, determines which practices are best-suited to his or her individual situation
  • Development of suites of practices including management alternatives and cultural practices needed to ensure all resource issues are addressed and treated at the appropriate level of conservation
  • Area-wide, community or watershed plans, supported by local stakeholders, which identify high priority resource concerns and which identify the methods used to address the concerns and the source of potential funding
  • Educational and informational workshops and tours highlighting local conservation activities