What is a Conservation Plan?

A conservation plan encompasses all of the natural resources on your land which can generally be categorized into soil, water, air, plant, animal, and human considerations. There are many benefits to a conservation plan but two main goals will be achieved through the implementation of a plan: the control of soil erosion and the maintenance of local surface and ground water quality.

Benefits of a Plan

  • Protection of soil and farm productivity
  • Protection of water quality
  • Improvement of soil fertility
  • Management of soil moisture
  • Saves you money over the long term as your land becomes more productive
  • Ensures better natural resource quality for you, your animals and your neighbors
  • Enhances open space and wildlife habitat
  • Improves animal health
  • Contributes to plant health and vigor for desired plants
  • Makes your property more attractive and promotes good neighbor relations
  • Promotes health and safety of your family
  • Helps you comply with Ag Water Quality Plan, SB 1010
  • Increases property value

Starting the Conservation Planning Process

To start a Voluntary Conservation Plan, contact the District to speak with one of the resource conservationists for assistance.

Landowners Responsibilities:

  • Provide access to property
  • Walk the property with the planner
  • Participate in each planning process step
  • Voluntarily follow Conservation Plan
  • Choose and apply conservation practices
  • Monitor effects and re-plan if necessary

Planner Responsibilities:

  • Develop conservation plan with you
  • Provide technical assistance
  • Provide information about possible financial assistance
  • Assist with monitoring progress and providing documentation
  • Evaluate monitoring and provide re-planning technical assistance if necessary

For More Information, please call 503-391-9927 or email [email protected]