Charting the District’s Course - In Summary
Planning provides the foundation for overall conservation district programs. Planning broadly defines the vision of the future and then focuses on the steps that are needed to address specific goals and objectives.
Planning can be done on three levels: resource assessment, strategic plan and annual plan of work. The resource assessment documents information about the natural resource needs and issues in the community and is part of the strategic plan. Strategic plans focus on what is to be done, who is involved, how each step is to be performed, and how the plan will be evaluated. The annual plan guides the district in its day-to-day programs, specifying activities, timelines, evaluation expectations, and describes the responsible person. The annual plan comes directly from the strategic plan.
Stakeholders, such as community leaders, ag producers and citizens, should be invited to participate in the planning process.