The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District recently received a statewide honor from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS). The NRCS singled out Clackamas for the 2012 Soil and Water Conservation District Partnership […]
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Six years ago the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Directors established a Building Reserve Fund. Looking ahead, they envisioned a time when the District would be able to construct a facility that would better […]
If you fall into the category of a new, beginning, or socially disadvantaged farmer, mark August 4, 2012 on your calendar! The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, and the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers […]
Did you know every state has a state soil? A state soil is a soil that has special significance to a particular state. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service maintains a list of these state soils. In Oregon, […]
PORTLAND, Ore., March 7, 2012 — The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that up to $225,000 of funding is available in Oregon for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes through the Conservation […]
An evaluation and planning framework used by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is called SWAPA+H. The letters stand for Soil, Water, Air, Plants, Animal, and Human resources. When we develop conservation plans, SWAPA+H helps us remember to look at all of the resources present or available on your land.
Nine-step planning process
For large-scale plans, our conservationists have been trained in the three-phase, nine-step planning process used across the country by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and partner conservation districts. There are three phases to the nine-step planning process, and although they are presented here in a linear manner, the actual planning process is much more dynamic.
Phase I – Collection and Analysis (Understanding the Problems and Opportunities)
1. Identify Problems
2. Determine Objectives
3. Inventory Resources
4. Analyze Resource Data
Phase II – Decision Support (Understanding the Solutions)
5. Formulate Alternatives
6. Evaluate Alternatives
7. Make Decisions
Phase III – Application and Evaluation (Understanding the Results)
8. Implement the Plan
9. Evaluate the Plan
A cyclic, dynamic process
It is a cycling process, repeating as needed to arrive at conservation solutions that address the resource issues and meet your needs.
For smaller projects, our planners may not perform a full nine-step process on paper, but that knowledge is present in the background while they help you.
You can dive deeper into this planning approach through a series of web pages starting at https://aglearn.usda.gov/customcontent/NRCS/Consplan/module3/3phase9step1.html.
If you’d rather do some of this work on your own, you’ll find the STEPS program a great help.