The goal of conservation planning is to identify and address natural resource concerns on agricultural land, such as gully erosion, excess nutrients, and sediment runoff. The conservation plan itself is a record of the farm operator and/or landowner’s decisions as to how these concerns should be addressed. In some cases, it may also include a strategy to improve air quality, animal health, energy efficiency, wildlife habitat, or control invasive plant species. Along with land that you own, the plan will also include all rented land that you operate.
Most municipalities in Lancaster County now require either an Ag E&S Plan or full Conservation Plan in order to issue a building permit on any agricultural land.
LCCD staff are trained to assist farmers in developing conservation plans for their operations.
You may also contact a private consultant to write your conservation plan.