LandSmart® Plans


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LandSmart Plans are prepared with you and are geared to meet your needs. LandSmart Plans describe the natural and agricultural resources of your property, document the practices that you use to protect natural resources, identify opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of natural resources on your property, and prioritize management practices according to your needs, goals, and timelines.

 

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What are the benefits of a Plan?

  • Comply with the requirements of current and future environmental regulations, including water quality Conditional Waivers and TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads)
  • Address concerns you have about specific areas of your property
  • Solidify your priorities for land management activities and determine a timeline that is feasible for you to implement your priorities
  • Implement land management practices that improve the long term productivity and profitability of your land while protecting natural resources
  • Prepare you for opportunities to take advantage of cost-share programs that can help you meet your goals

What does a Plan include?

A LandSmart® Plan is developed specifically for your property, with your goals and your needs in mind. Depending upon your site, LandSmart® Plans may include some or all of the following:

  • Mapping and inventory of property features such as planted areas, grazed areas, streams, riparian areas, roads, etc.
  • Water Management – Assessment of current practices and, if needed, recommendations for other beneficial practices (e.g., frost protection alternatives, irrigation upgrades, etc.)
  • Erosion, Sediment & Stormwater Management – Assessment of current practices and, if needed, recommendations for other beneficial practices (e.g., cover crop system ,vegetated buffer or swale, level spreader, sediment basin, streambank stabilization, drain inlet or outlet protection, road repair, etc.)
  • Agrichemical Management – Assessment of current pesticide and nutrient use practices  and, if needed, recommendations for other beneficial practices (e.g., integrated pest management, storage, containment, mixing and loading, etc.)
  • Management of riparian areas
  • Assessment of current practices and, if needed, recommendations for other beneficial practices (e.g., invasive plant removal, native vegetation enhancement, removal of fish passage obstructions/barriers, outlet protection, etc.)
  • Assessment and recommendations for other issues or management practices that are of interest to you