The planning process begins with a certified conservation planner visit with the farmer to discuss goals, operations, and issues related to production or natural resources. The planner will work with the landowner or operator to plan for real-life, practical solutions to help preserve the soil resource, protect water quality, and maintain farm viability. A complete resource inventory and evaluation is part of the planning process. Based on those results, conservation practices may be recommended to improve the productivity and long-term sustainability of the land.
High quality conservation planning provides the foundation for land stewardship that can transform our future by giving landowners and operators step-by-step recommendations that will improve soil health, reduce energy and input costs, manage nutrients, weeds and pests more efficiently and effectively, improve grazing land and wildlife habitat, and more!
Every landowner, operator, or producer responsible for managing privately-owned lands, and who is interested in natural resource stewardship, should have a conservation plan for each property he/she manages.
The conservation planner certification process provides a consistent structure for supporting the technical competence of employees to perform conservation planning. Planner certification helps to ensure quality conservation treatment to address resource concerns, land-user objectives, and the wise use of technical and financial resources
To make sure planners have a base knowledge of the conservation planning process and ecological principals, planners need to complete the apprentice planner designation curriculum before conducting planning on their own. Apprentice conservation planners can…
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