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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. This approach, which emphasizes desired future conditions, helps improve natural resource management, minimize conflict, and address problems and opportunities.

The success of landscape planning and implementation depends on the voluntary participation of communities, groups, individual clients, and others. The process is based on the premise that clients will make and implement sound decisions if they understand their resources, natural resource problems and opportunities, and the effects of their decisions. It enables them to analyze and work with complex natural processes in definable and measurable terms.

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 areawide conservation plan or assessment encompassing a watershed or other defined area.

NEPA.GOV Resource - A Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act; Having Your Voice Heard is a resource to help individuals become familiar with NEPA and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations. This guide describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved. The current edition, issued in January 2021, reflects the 2020 revisions to the CEQ NEPA regulations. Read more HERE

Programs

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program 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 (WFPO) 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 (WSP) 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.

Watershed Rehabilitation Program offers financial and technical assistance to rehabilitate dams constructed throufh NRCS Watershed Programs. This program extends the service life of dams to meet applicable safety and performance standards or decommision the dams so they no longer pose a threat to life and property.