This course talks about planning and anticipating the design and management of the land, particularly with focus on managed agricultural landscapes. Further discussed is the Alternative Futures Project, where two or more alternatives are considered, the alternatives are represented spatially, and evaluations are conducted to determine the land’s potential, among others.
The course also touches on the subjects of water quality, as well as biodiversity in agricultural watersheds. Also discussed are relevant natural and cultural processes that affect the designs and circumstances.
1. Describe how Alternative Futures Projects can be used in conjunction with the NRCS 9-Step Planning process to facilitate land management decisions at multiple scales.
2. Understand how to integrate spatially explicit social, economic, and land use data into historical, current and projected ecological conditions to evaluate alternatives for land management.
3. Understand the compelling nature of visually presenting land management scenarios to decision-makers so that they can better understand the long-term ecological and economic consequences of their actions on the landscape and local communities.