Conservation Planning is the identification of lands with important natural resource values and the development of protection and management strategies for priority lands.
Competencies for Conservation Planning
Course Titles, description, and learning objectives for Conservation Planning – ***subject to change
Course 1 Title: How did we get here? History of Minnesota’s Conservation Efforts
Course Description: How did we get here? To get an understanding of present-day conservation on private lands, we’ll take a look at the history of conservation efforts and how they evolved in Minnesota.
Course 2 Title: Conservation Planning
Course Description: This course emphasizes the conservation planning process; developing quality, complete plans on the entire unit; consideration of ecological, economic, and social concerns; on-site assistance; the effects and impacts of planned actions on-site and off-site; and partnership involvement. It will introduce the general framework for conservation planning including general planning concepts, definition of a conservation plan, national and state planning directives, circulars, and responsibilities of a conservation planner.
Course 3 Title: Watershed Concept
Course Description: This course will provide a general overview of what defines a watershed, why it’s important, and how to determine what watersheds are in your service area.
Course 4 Title: Minnesota Resource Concerns and Land Uses
Course Description: This course will provide an overview of resource concerns and land uses, including the impact on the environment and common actions used to address the concerns. The course will cover land use practices used for conservation planning with a focus on resource concerns and land uses common to Minnesota.
Course 5 Title: Minnesota Conservation Practices
Course Description: This course will cover the top five ecological science (ECS) and top 5 engineering (ENG) conservation practices, including the locally identified common conservation practices and practice components.
Course 6 Title: Conservation Practice Standards
Course Description: This course will discuss the development of practice standards and the components of a conservation practice standard to include: Name, Definition, Purpose, Conditions, Criteria, Considerations, Minimum Requirements, Operation and Maintenance and References. These Conservation Practice Standards ensure quality, consistency, assure environmental compliance, and serve as repository for knowledge and experience that can be brought forward to new employees.
Course 7 Title: Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG): A Primary Technical Reference
Course Description: This course will provide the foundation to plan and apply conservation practices to on-the-ground situations utilizing the electronic field office technical guide. It will cover the history of the eFOTG, the organization, navigation, the relationship between the guide and the nine steps of planning and incorporating the technology into the field.
Course 8 Title: Understanding Partnerships
Course Description: This course will provide an understanding of the connection between conservation-based groups at the federal, state, and local level, common Minnesota acronyms and discuss various roles of each group.