Conservation Planning Planning for the future in Indiana by NASSdocs


									Conservation Planning
 Planning for the future . . .                                                                          Put Planning

                                                                                                          Your Land
                                                                                                    Your Investment

What is a Conservation                         A Conservation Plan                                         Your Plan
Plan?                                          Includes:

A Conservation Plan is a written record
                                                •     Producer/landowner          determined
of your management decisions and the                  objectives and goals,
conservation practices and systems you          •     An aerial photo or diagram of your
plan to use and maintain on your farm.                farm,
Carrying out your Plan will achieve the
goals of protecting the environment on
                                                •     A soil map and soil description of
and off your farm. After soil, water, air,            your property,
plant, and animal resources on your             •     Resource inventory data which
property are inventoried and evalu-                   can include forage or crop pro-
ated, the NRCS Planner will review sev-               duction potential, or potential live-
eral alternatives for you to consider. The            stock carrying capacity,
alternatives you decide are recorded in
the Conservation Plan, which becomes
                                                •     A list of your treatment decisions,
your roadmap for better management              •     The location and schedule for ap-
of your natural resources.                            plying conservation practices you
                                                      want to install on your land, and
                                                •     A plan of operation and mainte-
                                                      nance of your conservation sys-
                                                      tems or practices.

                                                                                                     A Conservation Plan com-
                                                       Together we can find                          bines your farming experi-
                                                    solutions to meet your land                      ence with the science-
                                                        management goals.                            based knowledge of the
                                                                                                     conservation planner.

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                                               Benefits of a Conservation Plan
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                                                    •     Identifies problems or potential
    Assistance                                            problems overlooked on a day-to-
                                                          day basis.
    Contact your local
                                                                                                                         Conservation Plans
                                                    •     Protects soil along with the farm’s
  USDA Service Center to                                  productivity.                                                 are now required in
  begin the conservation                            •     Helps comply with environmental                                   Indiana for the
    planning process.                                     regulations.                                                Environmental Quality
                                                    •     Qualifies you for various USDA pro-                            Incentives Program
  For contact or program
   information, go to the
                                                          grams that can help you install your
                                                          Conservation Plan.
                                                                                                                        (EQIP) and the Wild-
  Indiana NRCS website.                                                                                               life Habitat Incentives
                                                    •     Flexible to your changing farm op-
                                                          erational goals.                                                 Program (WHIP).
                                                    •     Sets up a reasonable schedule for
                                                          applying needed conservation
                                                          practices that fits your timetable.
                                                    •     Provides for on-site Technical Assis-
                                                          tance.                                                    Examples of resource problems or
                                                                                                                    concerns that a conservation plan
                                                                                                                    can address include:

                                                              Let us help                                              SOIL being washed into streams,

                                                                                                                       WATER quality problems from soil and
                                                               you help                                                 nutrient runoff,

                                                              your land.                                               ANIMAL operations not being man-
                                                                                                                        aged properly,

                                                                                                                       PLANTS not suited, unproductive, or
   The Natural Resources
                                                                                                                         not meeting land user’s objectives;
   Conservation      Service
                                                                                                                         invasive species; declining wildlife
   (NRCS) was created to
                                                                                                                         habitats, and
   help people like you
   identify     opportunities                                                                                          AIR transporting livestock odors or soil
   on private lands. As a                                                                                                particles.
   federal agency, NRCS
   utilizes its Conservation
   Technical      Assistance
   (CTA) budget to offer                                Whether your land management plans include more recreational op-
   its services at no cost to
                                                        portunities, lowering production costs, or increasing crop yields, NRCS
   the landowner. The
   NRCS client base is                                  can custom design a conservation plan to help you meet those goals.
   made up of individuals                               We can help you develop wildlife habitat, construct a livestock water
   who want to learn the
                                                        facility, create a grazing plan, install buffers, manage conservation till-
   best way to manage
   their land.                                          age, or apply other enhancements on your land.

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