and PLAN it!

The conservation practice standard contains information on why and where the practice is applied, and it sets forth the minimum quality criteria that must be met during the application of that practice in order for it to achieve its intended purpose(s).

National conservation practice standards are presented in a table, in alphabetical order by practice name. The table also contains links to:

  • Conservation practice information sheets
  • Conservation Practice Physical Effects (CPPE) worksheets
  • Conservation practice job sheets
  • National templates for statements of work associated with each conservation practice
  • Network effects diagrams

State conservation practice standards are available through the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). If no state conservation practice standard is available in the FOTG, you should contact the appropriate State Office or your local USDA Service Center.

Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.

Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. These documents are referred to as Field Office Technical Guides (FOTGs).

SWCD’s fill a unique and crucial role in conservation and stewardship: that of providing soil and water conservation expertise and services to private landowners.
Land use varies from agriculture, productive forests, bodies of water, and urban or industrial use. Regardless of ownership, all lands are interconnected. Responsible and wise management of these private lands is key to White County resident’s quality of life.

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