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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 area-wide conservation plan or assessment encompassing a watershed or other defined area.


Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) EWP 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. Learn more about EWP.
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) WFPO provides technical and financial assistance to entities of State and local governments (project sponsors) for planning and installing watershed projects. Learn more about WFPO.
Watershed Surveys and Planning (WSP) 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. Learn more about WSP.
Watershed Operations The Small Watershed Program works through local government sponsors and helps participants solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis in watersheds of 250,000 or fewer acres. Learn more about what some of the projects included about the Watershed Operations. Learn more about Watershed Operations.
Watershed Rehabilitation provides assistance to owners of a previously installed NRCS-assisted public dam and rehabilitation of the dam is needed to maintain the many benefits it provides. Learn more about Watershed Rehabilitation.