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Conservation Planning

Conservation Planning Information and Resources

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Below are links to conservation planning training, tools, policies and guidance. 

If you are interested in working with Vermont NRCS to develop a conservation plan for your property, you should begin by completing the Conservation Planning Questionnaire.  It is intended to assist you and the conservation planner gather the preliminary information necessary to begin formulation of a conservation plan. If you are interested in working with Vermont NRCS to create a plan, complete as many of the following questions which are applicable to your land or farm operation, as possible.  Completion of the questionnaire gets you started on the conservation planning process.  After completing the questionnaire, contact your local USDA Service Center NRCS office.  Ask for a conservation planner to help you with the remaining steps of the planning process toward completion of your conservation plan.

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning

MS Word templates from VT NRCS and other information related to CNMP planning.

Conservation Planning (NRCS Course Modules 1-5)
The purpose of the course is to prepare the participant to be able to independently apply the NRCS planning process, and to utilize supporting technology, in order to assist clients in making decisions resulting in conservation plans that protect, conserve, and enhance natural resources and meet the client's needs. This training has been revised in a cooperative effort between the Conservation Operations Division, NHQ and the National Employee Development Center. 

CPA-52 Environmental Evaluation Form 

Form available from the National NRCS Environmental Compliance Website.
The form NRCS-CPA-52 is the tool used to summarize the effects of conservation practices and systems. It also provides summary documentation of the environmental evaluation (EE) of the planned actions.  


Endangered Species Act (ESA) Planning Procedures - VT NRCS
Procedural guidance for Vermont NRCS conservation planners to ensure compliance with the ESA in Vermont.

National Planning Procedures Handbook
NRCS provides conservation planning and technical assistance to clients (individuals, groups, and units of government). These clients develop and implement plans to protect, conserve, and enhance natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, and animals) within their social and economic interests.  The purpose of this handbook is to provide guidance on the planning process the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) uses to help develop, implement, and evaluate conservation plans. Select: Handbooks, Title 180-Part 600.

Nutrient Management Planning Information
Information and tools available from NRCS, University of Vermont, and other sources for nutrient management and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.

Resource Management System Planning Information
These pages provide information regarding conservation practices typically used to address resource concerns on various land uses.  Planning and  implementation of these conservation practices often comprise the core of a Resource Management System conservation plan.

Biosecurity Procedures:
Following are links to the NRCS Biosecurity policy (GM-Title 130, Part 403), as well as, biosecurity guidance from the University of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (VAAFM), and EIS from Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

NRCS Biosecurity Policy

(once you click this link - Navigate to  -- General Manual, Title 130, Part 403, Subpart H "GM_130_403_H, "HOMELAND SECURITY/CRISIS RESPONSIBILITIES")

Environmental Impact Statement-APHIS: Carcass Management During A Mass Animal Health Emergency

University of Vermont Guidance

VAAFM Guidance