Conservation Planning is a nine-step process used by NRCS and others, to assist a client in making the right choices for their needs, their budget, and their land.
This assistance is available on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the client.
The planning process can lead to the development of a Conservation Plan or an Area-wide Conservation Plan, developed to protect, conserve, and enhance natural resources while maintaining and/or improving working lands.
The CTA Program provides land users with proven conservation technology and the delivery system needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape. It does this by:
Reducing soil loss from erosion
Solving soil, water quality, water conservation, air quality, and agricultural waste management problems
Reducing potential damage caused by excess water and sedimentation or drought
Enhancing the quality of fish and wildlife habitat
Improving the long term sustainability of all lands, including cropland, forestland, grazing lands, coastal lands, and developed and/or developing lands
Assisting others in facilitating changes in land use as needed for natural resource protection and sustainability
Technical assistance is the help provided by NRCS, employees of other entities or agencies under the technical supervision of NRCS, to clients to address opportunities, concerns, and problems related to the use of natural resources.
Primary Objectives of the CTA Program
Assist individuals or groups of decision makers, communities, conservation districts, units of State and local government, tribes, and others to voluntarily conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources
Provide community, watershed, and area-wide technical assistance in collaboration with local units of government, to develop and implement resource management plans that conserve, maintain and improve natural resources
Assist agricultural producers to comply with the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland (Swampbuster) Conservation Compliance Provisions of the l985 Food Security Act, as amended
Assist decision-makers to comply with Federal, State, tribal, and local environmental regulations and related requirements, and to prepare them to become eligible to participate in other Federal, State, and local conservation programs
Provide soils information and interpretation to individuals or groups of decision makers, communities, States, and others to aid sound decision making in the wise use and management of soil resources
Collect, analyze, interpret, display, and disseminate information about the status, condition, and trend of soil, water, and related natural resources so that people can make informed decisions for natural resource use and management
Assess the effects of conservation practices and systems on the condition of natural resource
Indiana Conservation Planning and Application Documents