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Webinar:  Environmental Evaluation Series No. 1:  Primer on NRCS Environmental Compliance (NRCS, Feb 2013)

Time: 50 min;  First in the series on environmental evaluations, the primary topics of this webinar include: legal foundations, scoping of relevant resource concerns for a planning unit, Federal actions vs. non-federal actions, and relationship of the NRCS planning process and environmental evaluations. The target audience for this training is all staff engaged in implementing/complying with NRCS’s environmental procedures. Resources available for further training on the subject will be provided.  This webinar is a prerequisite for the 4 day Conservation Planning Course.

Webinar:  Environmental Evaluation Series No. 2:  Documenting the Environmental Evaluation on the NRCS CPA-52 Environmental Evaluation Worksheet (NRCS, May 2013)

Time: 1 hr 45 min;   Second in the series on environmental evaluations, this webinar will assist NRCS conservation planners, partners, and technical service providers to understand how to properly document the results of the Environmental Evaluation process. The NRCS-CPA-52 Environmental Evaluation Worksheet provides a framework to document compliance with NRCS environmental requirements. Participants will learn the nature and detail of the documentation required, as well as the use of various features built into the form such as the use of common resource measurement and analysis tools. The webinar will also include a demonstration of how to use the special environmental concerns guide sheets.  This webinar is a prerequisite for the 4 day Conservation Planning Course.

Webinar:  Conservation Planning Course Webinar #1:  Review of the Conservation Planning Process (NRCS, July 2018)

Time:  1 hr 38 min;  This webinar covers Phases I and II, Steps 1 through 7 of the Conservation Planning process.  Participants will learn:

  This webinar is a prerequisite for the 4 day Conservation Planning Course.

Webinar:  Conservation Planning Course Webinar #2:  Additional Considerations in the Planning Process

Time:  2 hrs 10 min;  This webinar covers Phase II, Steps 8 and 9 of the Conservation Planning Process, Cultural Social and Economic Considerations, Resource Concerns and Land Uses, Planning Criteria and Soils.  Participants will learn:

This webinar is a prerequisite for the 4 day Conservation Planning Course.

 

Reading:  Conservation Planning (MN NRCS website)

1 page, a very general overview of conservation planning

Reading:  The Conservation Planning Process (MN NRCS website)

1 page, brief descriptions of the nine steps of conservation planning

Formal online training:  Introduction to Field Office Technical Guide (NRCS NEDC)

5 Online training modules that take approximately 1 hour to complete.  The modules are prerequisites for Conservation Planning, Part 1 and also recommended before beginning any practice specific training.

Reading:  National Planning Procedures Handbook (NRCS eDirectives)

A working knowledge of the National Planning Procedures Handbook is a prerequisite for Conservation Planning, Part 1.  Recommended reading:  Subparts A-E, Subpart H. 

Webinar:  Use of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards and Specifications (NRCS, Sept 2015)

Time: 1:14;  Participants will learn to use NRCS conservation practice standards to support the NRCS conservation planning process.  Recommended for anyone seeking Job Approval Authority for any NRCS conservation practice.

Formal online training:  Conservation Planning, Part 1 (AgLearn)

This course takes approximately 1 hour and is the prerequisite to Conservation Planning – Part 2, a week long field training course.  It also requires an eAuthentication account and AgLearn permissions.  This course is also a requirement of the Certified Conservation Planner curriculum.

 


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