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Conservation planning: Your property, your plan

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Todd County USDA – NRCS.

The Minnesota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is reminding private landowners and/or producers, and non-industrial private woodland owners, about the importance of conservation planning.

Developing a conservation plan is a process where NRCS combines existing production methods with recommended conservation practices. This helps to best manage a property’s unique natural resources, while allowing to grow sustainably, productively, and improve natural resources.

Following a conservation plan provides several other benefits including, but not limited to:

• Reducing soil erosion and improving soil health.

• Improving water quality on property and in the watershed.

• Improving wildlife habitat.

• Helping to comply with environmental regulations and USDA compliance requirements.

• Providing preference for financial assistance programs.

“Your conservation plan is the start of your stewardship legacy,” said Russell Kleinschmidt, district conservationist. “Our local NRCS offices, staffed with conservation professionals with local knowledge, can help you make well-informed conservation decisions.”

As a conservation decision partner, NRCS provides free technical assistance to landowners to reach land use and natural resource goals. The conservation planners have the local natural resource knowledge to help landowners make well-informed conservation decisions.

During the planning process, NRCS will work closely with landowners on their farm. NRCS will:

• Identify potential natural resource concerns.

• Discuss your objectives and economic goals for your property.

• Recommend conservation practice options.

• Respect you as the decision-maker for your property.

“A conservation plan is your plan,” said Kleinschmidt. “The plan includes helpful information on each of the conservation practices you decide to implement. We walk you through how the practices benefit your property, how to install and maintain them.”

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through NRCS, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your local USDA service center at (320) 732-6618, ext. 3.

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