If you are interested in creating a Conservation Plan for your property, or have general questions on how to be a good land manager, contact the POCD at 509-447-1155. A Field Technician will be happy to talk to you and can arrange a site visit to your property. The Technician(s) will work with you to define your short and long term conservation goals for your property. Some example goals you may want to consider are: “create a natural screen/buffer using native plants to block view of road and/or control dust,” “control a noxious weeds infestation,” or “manage timber for highest yield.” Once your goals have been defined, the next step in the Conservation Planning process is to inventory your natural resources. This includes mapping your soils, identifying plants or invasive weed infestations, evaluating wildlife habitat quality and riparian zone conditions.

POCD and its partners are here to assist you through the planning process with the development of a list of recommended Best Management Practices (BMP’s). These BMP’s are developed with an associated timeline for implementation as time and funding allow per the landowners discretion. In no way is the landowner obligated to the recommendations in the plan; the plan is designed to be an adaptable and dynamic tool. A plan can be as simple as a sigle sheet of paper or as detailed as you want to make it. The basic components generally include: the landowner’s goals, an inventory of natural resources, an aerial photo, map, or sketch of property, and a summary of recommended BMP’s and a planned schedule for implementations.

Best Management Plans (BMP’s) are actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment. BMP’s have been described for agriculture, forest management, recreation and construction. In many cases, the best management practices for your land may be retaining the natural characteristics of the property.