A conservation plan is a tool designed to help you better manage the natural resources on your farm, shoreline or upland property. An NRCS conservationist and/or POCD staff member will meet with you to evaluate the soil, water, air, plan and wildlife resources on your property and offer several alternatives to address the resource conditions. The alternatives you decide to use are recorded in your conservation plan which includes a timeline for installation. Implementing the conservation best management practices detailed in your conservation plan will help you protect the environment both on and around your property.

Defining your property objectives is the first and most difficult task in developing a Conservation Plan for your land. The POCD encourages all landowners to develop some form of plan in order to help you achieve your property goals. Some tax designations or certain federal funding programs will also likely require a land management plan (See your local NRCS office for details regarding a management plan). The conservation planning process is an exchange of ideas between the landowner and local conservation professionals with the end result in workable, affordable activities that protect and improve soil, water, and other natural resources, in addition to working towards the landowner’s goals for their property. The Conservation Plan is a dynamic operating structure that can be modified as landowner objectives or conservation needs change.