NRCS Local Working Group Survey - Middle Park
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

The following "Local Working Group" survey aides NRCS in both financial and technical assistance administration and implementation.  In the past, LWGs have enabled NRCS to:
Adjust priority resource concerns,
Change allocation distributions,
Create new fund pools for priority/ specialized projects
Request changes in payment schedules,
Inform technical decisions and state level implementation requirements,
Identify barriers in local and state level program participation
Adopt/ identify new technologies and practices that have proven successful locally
Collect local success stories
Understand training needs for producers, partners, and staff
And much, much more

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This specific survey is aimed at ag producers and forest ag producers in Grand and Summit Counties, Colorado (aka Middle Park).  It not intended for residential homeowners or those with small acreages who are not engaged in agriculture or forest ag. 
If you live in a different area of Colorado or the US, please contact your local NRCS office.  
We THANK YOU in advance for your participation in this important survey.  
Survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Section 1: Basic Info
Name (optional)
Email (optional)*
* If you wish for us to reach to you in response to this survey, please be sure to enter an email address
What is your role in Grand and/or Summit County? (check all that apply) *
What is your ag operation? (check all that apply) *
Considering your ag operation, what areas of concern are you wanting to improve on? (check all that apply) *
Section 2: NRCS Programs
Choose your top 5 priorities for each land type that is a concern of yours. You do NOT have to choose 5 may skip any and all if you wish.   PLEASE ONLY SELECT ONE CONCERN FOR EACH PRIORITY RANKING (do not select multiple first priorities, etc...)
Have you participated in NRCS Programs before? *
If you have participated in NRCS programs before, which programs? (check all that apply)
If you have participated in an NRCS program, on what land use have you installed projects cost shared by NRCS? (check all that apply)
If you have participated in an NRCS program, what types of practices have you completed? (check all that apply)
If you have NOT completed any NRCS programs, what are your barriers? (check all that apply)
Are there any other barriers that inhibit installation of NRCS practices?
Section 3: Conservation Practices
If you have ever installed and performed any conservation practice (whether or not you used NRCS assistance), please complete this section.  Conservation practices could include, but are not limited to, 
  • Installing irrigation water management structures
  • Installing cross fencing and/or practicing rotation grazing
  • Planting seed or tree seedlings
  • Installing erosion control structures
  • Implementing noxious weed management plans
  • and much more...
What conservation practices work best in your area/on your property? Please be specific (rather than saying "irrigation management structures", say "check and turnouts" or "gated pipe" or "sprinkles")
What conservation practices do NOT work in your area/on your property?   Please be specific (rather than saying "irrigation management structures", say "check and turnouts" or "gated pipe" or "sprinkles"). 

Please also tell us why these practices don't work.  
Are there new technologies or practices that you are aware of that NRCS should consider adopting?
Section 4: Land & Resource Concerns
Land Types of Concern Ranked
Please rank the following land types of concerns from 1 to 4 (1 being the highest concern and 4 being the least concern).
1st priority
2nd priority
3rd priority
4th priority
Raangeland (native/open range)
Irrigated Cropland
Pastureland (improved/fenced pastures)
Clear selection
If you marked "Other" above as a concern of yours, tell us about it!
Resource Concerns Ranked
Please rank your TOP 5 resource concerns (1 being the highest concern and 5 being the least concern). PLEASE ONLY SELECT ONE CONCERN FOR EACH PRIORITY RANKING (only one 1st, one 2nd, one 3rd, one 4th, one 5th)  
1st priority
2nd priority
3rd priority
4th priority
5th priority
Inefficient irrigation water use (irrrigation dams, pumps, sprinklers, water control structures, culverts)
Degraded plant condition & productivity (plant productivity and health, plant structure and composition, prescribed, grazing management)
Inadequate livestock water quantity, quality, and distribution (wells, troughs, pumps, pipelines, springs)
Wind, Water, Gully Erosion (not incl. bank erosion from streams, channels, shorelines)
Streambank erosion (erosion from streams, channels, shorelines)
Plant pest pressure (invasive plants, weeds, insects)
Source water depletion (ground water and/or surface water depletion)
Wildfire management (wildfire hazard due to biomass accumulation)
Nutrient, pesticide, pathogen transport affecting water quality
Salt transport affecting water quality
Petroleum, heavy metals, and other pollutants impacting water quality
Soil quality and health (organic matter depletion, compaction, soil organism habitat loss/degradation, concentration of salts/chemicals in the soil)
Air quality, emissions, objectionable odor
Inefficient energy use (equipment, facility, farming/ranching practices, field operations)
Upland wildlife habitat (terrestrial habitat for wildlife & invertebrates)
Aquatic habitat (degraded fish habitat, elevated water temperatures)
Inadequate livestock shelter
Feed & forage imbalance (imbalance of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins in the feed/forage)
Weather Resilience (drifted snow, ponding/flooding, seasonal high water, seeps, naturally available water use)
Long term protection of land (concern with loss of function/values, threat of conversion) property is all good
Clear selection
If you marked "Other" above as a concern of yours, tell us about it!
Which outreach methods are best for NRCS to reach you and others about our services (check all that apply).
Please leave any final comments, questions, and concerns.
Remember: If you want us to respond to you, please leave your email in the email field in Section 1 of the survey.  
Please press "Submit" below to complete the survey!
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