The conservation planning process focuses on assisting clients with developing conservation plans on their land to address resource concerns in all resource categories (soil, water, air, plants, animals, and energy) while considering human concerns (social and economic). Course participants will:
1. Become familiar with the steps in the conservation planning process as well as the necessary tools and resources to accomplish those steps.
2. Learn considerations for conservation planning on each major Minnesota land use.
3. Apply the entire conservation planning process on at least one land use.
This course is based on current conservation planning policy, the procedures and guidelines in the National Planning Procedures Handbook (NPPH), and the supporting technology and tools to carry out the planning process. Completion of this course satisfies the requirement of Conservation Planning: Part 2 for Conservation Planner Certification Level III.
It is expected that those attending this course will complete the additional requirements to become Level III Conservation Planners.
Course attendees are required to be Level I (formerly Apprentice) Conservation Planners before attending, and it is expected that those attending this course will complete the additional requirements to become Level III (formerly Certified) Conservation Planners. The Level I Conservation Planner requirements can be found here. Many of these requirements are self-paced trainings through NRCS’s training system, called AgLearn. If you don’t already have an AgLearn account you can find instructions on requesting access here.
In addition to being a Level I Conservation Planner, all attendees need to complete the Core Competency modules before attending. More information, including module titles, links to the site, and instructions on creating accounts and registering for training, can be found on the the TTCP's Core Competency page on the BWSR website.