The Gratiot Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service work one-on-one with landowners to develop conservation plans. Each plan is tailored to meet the landowners’ needs and describes a step-by-step roadmap for achieving your natural resource goals. The plan defines conservation practices to help address problems such as erosion, water quality, poor wildlife habitat, or invasive species. It describes specific information, including placement, timing, instructions, and maintenance for each practice. The District provides this free conservation planning assistance to help landowners like you make well-informed conservation decisions.
Conservation planning is confidential and begins by identifying land issues and objectives. The planner will tour the property with you to examine concerns and point out areas for possible improvement. Your current land use, future plans, and economic goals are important to deciding what goes in the plan. How the area will be used in the short and long term and family considerations may affect the objectives of your plan.
The planner will analyze the information gathered and a prepare scenario to meet your goals. Together, you will evaluate the scenario, taking a close look at effects to natural resources, maintenance needs, and financial considerations.
“Each conservation plan is unique,” states Donna Kanan, Shiawassee Conservation District Conservation Specialist. “It is a ‘living document’ meaning that it changes as needs change. Remember, the final decisions in your plan are yours. It is a record of your objectives and management decisions.”
Healthy land is important for agriculture, environmental quality, and a healthy community. Contact the Gratiot Conservation District for help in developing your conservation plan.
For more information, stop into the office in the USDA Service Center at 301 E. Commerce Drive in Ithaca. You can also call the office at 989-875-3900 Ext 115 or email us at GratiotConservationDistrict@gmail.com