National Conservation Planning Partnership co-chairs Astor Boozer (Natural Resources Conservation Service) and Mike Brown (National Association of State Conservation Agencies) recently sent a letter to conservation leaders about the NCPP listening sessions.
The text of the letter is shown below. Downloads of the letter in PDF format and a briefer on the NCPP are available below the letter, as are maps about conservation planners across the country.
Subject: National Conservation Planning Partnership Joint Letter
July 12, 2018
Greetings State/Territory Conservation Partnership Leaders,
Great things are happening throughout the country to reinvigorate conservation planning on private lands and we wanted to take an opportunity to update you.
As you know we have been holding listening sessions for the partnership employees and some selected conservation district supervisors and producers. We have conducted sessions in Indiana, Minnesota, Texas, Washington and New York and have plans to hold three more in, Nebraska, North Carolina and Wyoming.
A primary purpose of these listening sessions is to share in-depth details on the status of conservation planning, its future and hear feedback from all. These sessions have provided invaluable feedback directly to the NCPP and state leaders from our employees regarding challenges they see in delivering conservation planning assistance to customers. Listening sessions recordings and frequently asked questions or comments will be distributed in the future.
We completed the first round of “What Works in the Field” webinars for conservation planners. Those webinars were recorded and can be accessed here:
We are pleased to announce a new learning series for partnership leaders called “What Works for Leaders.” This series of podcasts includes informal discussions with state and regional leaders about their conservation planning implementation process, challenges, barriers to overcome, and personal philosophy. Information on podcasts will be forthcoming.
Many state partnerships are now implementing their plans to align with the new NRCS Conservation Planning Certification Policy to assure we have a documented system of a well-prepared workforce to deliver conservation planning. The National Employee Development Center and Conservation Planning Division have worked together to update Ag Learn planning courses along with a suite of formal classroom-type classes. Several states have developed innovative training course procedures in addition to on-line courses. If your state has developed new courses, incorporated new methods of delivery, or contracted with an outside source to develop and/or deliver training, please share by uploading it to the Conservation Planning Training Implementation Ideas folder. Finally, we have attached maps that highlight the status progress of conservation planning [training/certification] in most states as of May 2018.
If your state’s conservation partnership leaders have not had the opportunity to meet and discuss the work underway through the NCPP we encourage you to schedule a meeting soon. Attached are our latest talking points. We can provide a power point and other assistance as needed.
We are preparing to promote conservation planning with a national public campaign. Our first step is to share information with at least a sampling of national partners such as commodity, farmer/agricultural, and conservation organizations before moving forward on a national scale. Watch for more information on this including doing some soft pilot testing in a few states. We assure you we will continue to provide updates prior to any nationwide marketing efforts.
Please share this information with your employees and members to help us keep the communications channels open as we work together to provide high quality customer service for America’s private landowners.
/s/ Astor Boozer, Regional Conservationist /s/ Mike Brown, Executive Director, NASCA