Conservation Planning

The Conservation Plan

A conservation plan is a record of a landowner or operator’s decisions in managing the natural resources on their land. It is site-specific and addresses all resources on the property –soil, water, animals, plants, air, humans, and energy. The plan includes items such as maps, inventory of resources, economic benefits, schedule of practices, and maintenance schedules – all based on the producers individual goals and needs.

Hugh Hammond Bennett (right), July 7, 1977.

 

“There is no virtue in planning merely for the sake of planning. Unless plans can be translated into action, planning becomes a profitless mental exercise.”

-Chief Hugh Hammond Bennett, first Chief of the Soil Conservation Service

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits to the Landowner or Operator Include:

  1. Establishing a practice schedule that fits the producers timetable and resources
  2. Adapting to the changing needs or goals of the farm
  3. Complying with environmental regulations and USDA compliance requirements
  4. Improving water quality on the land and in the watershed
  5. Improving wildlife habitat
  6. Improving the producers bottom line
  7. Increasing the overall effectiveness of the recommended conservation practices
  8. Marketing advantages through demonstrated sustainability

 

Contact the Shiawassee Conservation District today to get started on your conservation plan!

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