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Landscape Planning

Landscape planning is a natural resource problem solving and management process. The process integrates economic, social and ecological considerations to meet private and public needs to improve natural resource management, minimize conflict and address problems and opportunities.

The planning process considers people and the resources they use or manage. Landscape planning is based on a desired future condition that is developed by the client for an individual conservation plan, or by the client and stakeholders, in the case of an area-wide conservation plan or assessment encompassing a watershed or other defined area.


Emergency Watershed Protection (recovery) safeguards lives and property from floods, drought and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program provides technical and financial assistance to entities of state and local governments and tribes (project sponsors) for planning and installing watershed projects.

Watershed Surveys and Planning authorizes NRCS to cooperate with federal, state and local agencies and tribal governments to protect watersheds from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, sediment and to conserve and develop water and land resources.