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Conservation Planning

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's principal agency for providing conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations.

NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country.

The CTA program functions through a national network of locally-based, professional conservationists located in nearly every county of the United States.

Maryland Conservation Planning Resources

Documents may require Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel.

Resource Assessment and Planning Tools

Maryland NRCS Conservation Plan Checklist (PDF; 92kb)
NRCS National Planning Procedures Handbook (NPPH)
MD-RES-001  Resource Inventory for Conservation Planning Field Evaluation Worksheet (PDF; 78kb)
Environmental Checklist for Poultry Operations (PDF; 178kb)

MD NRCS Conservation Practices Standard and Supporting documentation (e.g. Implementation Requirement Sheets)
Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan, Pest Management, RUSLE2, etc.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Cultural Resources Compliance
Threatened and Endangered Species Compliance Review
(PDF; 36kb)
Conservation Alternatives (PDF; 30kb)

Additional planning documents can be found in the Field Office Technical Guide.


Conservation Planning and Planner Certification

NRCS Conservation Planning Policy (National)
Maryland NRCS Planning and Planner Certification Policy (MD GM 180 Part 409)
Maryland NRCS Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Leading to Certification (MD GM 180 Part 409 Exhibit 1) (PDF; 103kb)
Request for Planner Certification - Checklist (MD GM 180 Part 409 Exhibit 2) (PDF; 19kb)


Steve Strano
State Resource Conservationist
Phone: 443-482-2928