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Introduction - Areawide

Conservation Planning Course

Welcomeand Introductions ...

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Pulling together
Pulling Together.

1. Why do geese fly in formation?

2. What happens when one goose

leaves?

3. Does the same goose always lead?

4. Why do geese honk while in formation?

5. When a goose can’t keep up, what happens?

6. Why is one side of the “V” longer?

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Key points awp
Key Points … AWP

  • Areawide conservation planning or AWP concerns natural and altered systems and the interactions of ecological, economic and social processes that sustain areawide resources.

  • Your mission is to takethese areawide planningconcepts home and assistthe local people in applyingthem in their community.

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Introduction objectives
Introduction - Objectives

  • Demonstrate the relationship between AWP and the overall NRCS planning effort

  • Describe the focus of AWP

  • Describe the advantages of AWP

  • Recognize the NRCS policy for AWP

  • Describe the integration of NEPA with AWP

NEPA

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Kinds of plans
Kinds of Plans

  • Conservation Plans

  • Areawide Conservation Plans

  • Areawide ConservationAssessment

  • Comprehensive Planswith Units of Government

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Kinds of plans1

Watershed Plans

The process used for Areawide Conservation Assessments and Areawide Conservation Plans also applies to Watershed Planning.

Specific programs such as PL-566 have additional requirements for information and formatting.

Kinds of Plans

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The need for planning
The Need for Planning

… the Hydro-illogical Cycle

DROUGHT

APATHY

PANIC

A

WATER

CYCLE

DISCUSS

ALTERNATIVES

DISCUSS

ALTERNATIVES

PANIC

APATHY

FLOOD

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The Planning Process

Phase I

Collection and Analysis

Inventory Resources

IdentifyProblems

AnalyzeResourceData

Determine Objectives

Phase III

Application & Evaluation

Phase II

Decision Support

Implement the Plan

EvaluateAlternatives

Formulate Alternatives

Evaluate the Plan

MakeDecisions

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Other processes
Other processes …

Example 1 - US Army Corps of Engineers:

  • Problem/opportunity identification

  • Inventorying/forecasting conditions

  • Formulating alternative plans

  • Evaluating alternative plans

  • Comparing alternative plans

  • Selecting a plan

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Other processes1
Other processes …

Example 2 - Federal Guide for Watershed Analysis:

  • Characterization of the watershed

  • Identification of issues and key questions

  • Description of current conditions

  • Description of reference conditions

  • Synthesis and interpretation of information

  • Recommendations

15 Authoring Organizations

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Other processes2
Other processes …

Example 3 - Center for Watershed Protection:

  • Establish a watershed baseline

  • Set up a watershed management structure

  • Determine budgetary resources for planning

  • Project future land use change

  • Determine watershed goals

  • Develop watershed and sub-watershed plans

  • Adopt and implement the plans

  • Revisit and update the plans

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Other processes3
Other processes …

Example 4 - Council of State Governments:

  • Define your goals and objectives

  • Identify your target audience

  • Create your message

  • Package your message

  • Distribute your message

  • Evaluate your outreach plan

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Other processes4
Other processes …

Example 5 - Columbia River Inter-Tribal Commission*:

  • Find existing watershed restoration organizations

  • Identify all stakeholders

  • Organize and share project information and views

  • Form a technical advisory team to find solutions

  • Establish common values and goals to build consensus

  • Describe and agree on shared visions, issues, strategies

  • Make projects feasible and of a doable size

  • Decide how to monitor and evaluate projects

  • Change strategies based on monitoring

    * Protecting & Restoring Watersheds Handbook

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Process selection
Process selection?

  • What if a local group chooses a planning process other than the NRCS process?

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Conservation planning areawide planning

Single client

Single landowner

Single planner

FOTG criteria

Farm/Ranch scale

Technicalskills

Multiple clients

Multiple stakeholders

Planning team

Consensus criteria

Geographic scale

Peopleskills

Conservation Planning <> Areawide Planning

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What is the focus of awp
What is the Focus of AWP?

  • Resource issues identified by the local people

  • Improvement and sustainability of all natural resources

  • Addresses resource conditions for large areas, e.g. watersheds, counties, communities

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What are the advantages of awp
What are the Advantages of AWP?

  • Improves awareness and is locally-led

  • Coordinates community actions

  • Involves broad representation

  • Targets resources; improves efficiency

  • Forms partnerships and leverages resources

  • Looks at the big picture

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Other key points
Other Key Points

  • Program-neutral

  • Adaptive management

  • Conflict resolution

  • Facilitates inclusion of andoutreach to stakeholders

  • Progressive planning

A one-dimensional plan?

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Nrcs planning policy gm 480 part 409
NRCS Planning Policy(GM 480, Part 409)

  • The planning process is used for all NRCS-led plans … conservation, areawide, watershed, programmatic

  • Resources are managed for sustainability

  • Interdisciplinary teams are used

  • An early scoping process is employed

  • Opportunities are provided for publicparticipation

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Review
Review

  • What is the relationship between AWP and the overall NRCS planning effort?

  • What is the focus of AWP?

  • What are the advantages of AWP?

  • Where is the NRCS policy for AWP?

Green light?

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