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Local Work Groups. Washington State. WA Local Work Groups. Proud and active history - known nationally WA State took LWG input seriously 2003 – WACD offer of assistance 10 LWGs formed (9+1 tribal) Multi-county – multi-district Active in all details of past program implementation

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local work groups

Local Work Groups

Washington State

wa local work groups
WA Local Work Groups
  • Proud and active history - known nationally
  • WA State took LWG input seriously
  • 2003 – WACD offer of assistance
  • 10 LWGs formed (9+1 tribal)
  • Multi-county – multi-district
  • Active in all details of past program implementation
    • Conservation priorities & prevalence
    • Practice eligibility
    • Ranking questions & points
    • Cost share rates (%)
    • Hold-downs for practice incentive
    • Funding pools (eventually)
things that are working why
Things That Are Working & Why
  • Funding pools (2006 to present)
    • Provided opportunity to direct funding to resource needs
  • Each LWG with their own operating procedures
    • Local control and leadership
  • Resource conservation priorities
    • Local input and direction
  • Maps & resource data
    • Allowing local work groups to define their priorities, estimate acres needing treatment
things that are working why1
Things That Are Working & Why
  • State Resource Data & Assessment
    • built from local input and state data sets
  • Strong partnerships with CD’s
    • built over years…265 district employees
  • Task Orders with CD’s
    • wildlife, CRP, engineering, field work, promotion
  • Partnerships on CRP planning with Districts & FSA
    • contracting with CDs and WDFW
  • Energy Initiative Outreach to irrigators and partners
    • high amount of interest.
things that are not working recommendations
Things That Are Not Working & Recommendations
  • Funding directed at national and state priorities
    • More funding directed to local priorities
  • STAC sub-committee (technical)
    • Ability for a technical subcommittee to have influence on a practice standard – nutrient management, buffers
  • High Late Rate of Implementation
    • Concentrate on workload related to implementation
    • TSP agreements with Conservation Districts
  • RMS Planning Strategy
    • NRCS staff training, Producer willingness to RMS plan
  • Funds divided into too many pools, subdivisions
    • Less pools & highest priorities
things that are not working recommendations1
Things That Are Not Working & Recommendations
  • Not enough NRCS staff for technical assistance
    • TSP agreements with Conservation Districts
  • CRP takeout & workload issues
    • Assistance to producers with conservation plans that are considering taking CRP out of program
    • TSP agreements with Conservation Districts
  • Farm Bill uncertainty
    • Guidelines and program rules completed in timely manner
  • Deadlines
    • Communicate deadlines early so workload can be managed
things that are not working recommendations2
Things That Are Not Working & Recommendations
  • Duplicate Applications & Ranked in Separate Sub Pools
    • Less sub pools for application ranking
  • Cultural Resource Investigations
    • Continue agreements with CDs, cultural resource specialists, & tribes
vision and objectives for lwg operations in fy 2015
Vision and Objectives for LWGOperations in FY 2015
  • LWGs will address resource concerns and use of all programs, not just EQIP
  • Funding will be targeted to resource concerns
  • Simplified processes and workload reduction
  • Examine state level ranking questions
  • LWGs will identify which initiatives they support
  • LWGs will identify special priorities or projects
special projects initiatives
Special Projects/initiatives
  • Farm Bill Extension/New Farm Bill
  • High Tunnel Initiative
  • Energy Initiative
  • Organic/Transition
  • Conservation Partnership Initiative
  • Sage Grouse Initiative
  • Wildfire Initiative – LWG priority
  • Greenhouse Gas EQIP (#cover crops )
  • CD(s) funded CRP takeout under No-Till scenario
  • WRP Restoration Contracts
packages due may 16
Packages Due May 16
  • Completed Data Collection Worksheets:
    • LWG Resource Priorities by Land Use
      • 75% to top three concerns from SRA
    • Estimated Priority Treatment Acres
    • Local Ranking Questions and Points
    • Key Conservation Practices (and additional practices)
    • Hold Downs
    • Estimated Priority Treatment Acres for:
      • National Initiatives
      • State Initiatives
    • Identify Local Projects