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Invitation to Participate in 2011 State Resource Assessment

The following notice regarding the State Resource Assessment was sent to the New Jersey State Technical Committee Members on April 21, 2011. Documents that accompanied the notice are provided here:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.
National Bulletin (131 kb)
SRA Resource Concerns (27 kb)

The following document requires Microsoft Excel.
New Jersey State Resource Assessment Workbook (55 kb)

NRCS is in need of your assistance as we move forward with a new State Resource Assessment (SRA) project.

As you will see in the attached national bulletin, SRAs provide a science-based picture of the extent and geographic distribution of natural resource concerns within a State. These assessments will be based on the best available natural resource data. There are numerous important uses for this assessment data including the allocation of future Farm Bill funding.

SRAs are designed to show a statewide view of where the major resource concerns have the potential of occurring. The assessment will utilize the nine major resource concerns categories and up to 31 natural resource concerns, as described in the “SRA Resource Concerns” document attached. Additionally, the attached excel file will be part of the final submission package to NRCS Headquarters. On this spreadsheet, we will need to provide data for all the open (white) cells except for rangeland, since there is no rangeland in New Jersey. Grayed cells are not-applicable for that land use type. While the acres at risk category does not account for improvements we have already made through Farm Bill and other programs, the priority treatment acres will be a goal we set based on actual need and anticipated budgets.

In order to complete and submit the necessary information to NRCS National Headquarters by the deadline of June 1, 2011, we are in need of your assistance. Given the importance of what this assessment could potentially mean for conservation funding and implementation in New Jersey, we ask you to do the following:

  1. Review the attached documents
  2. Let me know if your group/agency has any information that could help evaluate the resource concerns presented
  3. Provide any data or feedback on the process to me ASAP

Over the next few weeks, you’ll continue to receive email updates on our progress. As we complete individual resource assessments, data will begin to get filled into the spreadsheet for your review and input. By the middle of May, we should be starting to prioritize, and may use an on-line survey of some type to gather that information. We hope you will participate in the survey due to the critical nature of the task.

Many thanks in advance for your assistance with this important initiative.

Christine Hall

(908) 735-0733 x105
(732) 537-6057