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Conservation Plans for Preserved Farms

Updated: Jun 28, 2018

All Preserved Farms in NJ are required to have updated conservation plans. A conservation plan details the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be implemented, as well as a timeline for implementation. Once written, a plan can serve the landowner well for years, however, plans must be kept up to date with current conservation practices and BMPs.

What’s in a Conservation Plan?

A conservation plan includes:

  • an aerial photo or diagram of your fields;

  • a list of your management decisions;

  • the location of and schedule for applying new conservation practices;

  • a soil map and soil descriptions;

  • information sheets explaining how to carry out your specific management decisions;

  • a plan for operation and maintenance of practices, if needed.

Benefits of a Conservation Plan

  • You will protect your soil and your farm’s productivity;

  • You will help improve quality of the water in your area;

  • You will improve your soil’s fertility and manage soil moisture;

  • You may attract desirable wildlife by creating nesting sites and winter cover;

  • You will protect the productive value of your land for future generations;

  • You can more readily comply with environmental regulatory requirements;

  • You may be eligible for USDA farm programs

You make the decisions: All plans are 100% non-binding recommendations.

If you need a new or updated conservation plan, and are in the target watersheds, North Jersey RC&D may be able to help. Thanks to funding from the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, we have NRCS trained staff available to complete Conservation Plans on preserved farms in a timely manner at no cost to the producer.

If you are interested, contact Laura Tessieri at or (908) 574-5368 or visit to contact us.


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