Facilitating Conservation Planning in Agricultural Watersheds
This new watershed planning toolbox is intended to leverage modern data sources and help local farming communities better address soil and water conservation needs. We believe water quality challenges can be better met by improving the quality of information used to identify conservation options in watersheds and on farms. High-resolution geo-spatial datasets that can improve the information base available for conservation planning have recently become available. The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) toolbox can be used within the ArcGIS® (Ver. 10.2 – 10.3) environment to analyze soils, land use, and high-resolution topographic data to identify a broad range of opportunities to install conservation practices in fields and in watersheds. These opportunities can then become part of a non-prescriptive approach to encourage farmers and landowners to become engaged in local watershed improvement.
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The ACPF Toolbox contains tools to:
User options are included in every tool to allow flexibility in matching practice-siting criteria to each local setting.
LAND USE and SOILS DATA: Recent land use, field boundary, and soil survey information for individual HUC12 watersheds in Iowa, Illinois, and southern Minnesota can be downloaded HERE. Via this land use viewer web page, users may navigate to individual HUC12 watersheds, view land-use maps, and download land use and soils data that can be directly used as input data for the ACPF toolbox. Before developing information on conservation priorities and opportunities using the ACPF toolbox, users will need to obtain elevation data for their watershed, which is usually available from your state government.
The ACPF Forum is an online group for discussing technical issues related to using the ACPF tools. Anyone can view the discussions at https://groups.google.com/a/umn.edu/d/forum/acpf-group To participate, first join the group by sending an email to email@example.com
Premise of the ACPF Framework
Examples of Output Maps
Tomer, M.D., S.A. Porter, D.E. James, K.M.B. Boomer, J.A. Kostel, and E. McLellan. 2013. Combining precision conservation technologies into a flexible framework to facilitate agricultural watershed planning. Journal of Soil & Water Conservation. 68:113A-120A.
Tomer, M.D., S.A. Porter, K.M.B. Boomer, D.E. James, J.A. Kostel, M.J. Helmers, T.M. Isenhart, and E. McLellan. 2015. Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework: 1. Developing Multipractice Watershed Planning Scenarios and Assessing Nutrient Reduction Potential J. Environ. Qual. 44(3):754-767
Tomer, M.D., K.M.B. Boomer, S.A. Porter, B.K. Gelder, D.E. James, and E. McLellan. 2015. Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework: 2. Classification of Riparian Buffer Design Types with Application to Assess and Map Stream Corridors J. Environ. Qual. 44(3):768-779
The ACPF was developed at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The development team was led by Mark Tomer and NLAE is located in Ames Iowa.
Early versions of the ACPF toolbox were developed under a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awarded by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to the Environmental Defense Fund; Eileen McLellan was the project coordinator.
The ACPF is a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States