The why and what of a Resource Needs Assessment

NvACD is helping CDs increase their role as leaders of locally led conservation in Nevada. An initial group of Nevada CDs will write Resource Needs Assessments by bringing together local producers, local groups, agencies and general public to identify resource concerns and possible solutions to those resource concerns using Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) farm planning tools and other resources.

Locally led conservation consists of a series of phases that involve community stakeholders in natural resource planning, implementation of solutions, and evaluation of results.  Locally led conservation begins with the community itself, working through the local conservation district.  It is based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to deal with local resource problems. 


Conservation District

Resource Needs Assessment Guides

White Pine RNA

CD of Southern Nevada pdf

Eureka CD pdf

Mason Valley CD pdf

Smith Valley CD pdf

Lincoln County RNA

Northeast Elko CD


The NvACD Resource Needs Assessment Guide


Tools in the Resource Needs Assessment

Powerpoint RNA Outreach 2.5 pdf

RNA Outreach 2.5 ppt handout as PDF

Outside CD RNA Outreach speech 2.5 (003)

Basic Checklist- National Resource Concerns ( p. 13)

Resource Concerns Descriptions- NRCS  (p. 13)

Local Work Group and State Technical Advisory Committee Manual – (NRCS Guidance for Local Work Groups) (p.17 and 31)

United States Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Handbook (p. 28)

Local Work Group Example from Montana (p.31)

Guide for Organic Farmers (p.32)

The Power of Your Voice!  What to expect at your Local Work Group meeting!  (p.32)