NB_180_19_3 - NB 180-19-3 CPA – Reminder of Transition Plan for Implementation of 180-GM-409, “Conservation Planning Policy”
NB 180-19-3 CPA – Reminder of Transition Plan for Implementation of 180-GM-409, “Conservation Planning Policy”
National Bulletin: 180-19-3 Date: December 17, 2018
Subject: CPA – Reminder of Transition Plan for Implementation of 180-GM-409, “Conservation Planning Policy”


  
 
Purpose.  To remind States of the transition plan for implementation of conservation planner designation requirements in Title 180, General Manual, Part 409, “Conservation Planning Policy.”   
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2020
 
Background.  National Bulletin 180-18-1, “Revised Transition Plan for Implementing Title 180, General Manual (GM), Part 409, Conservation Planning Policy,” was published in January 2018 to extend the original transition plan through the year 2021. The previous guidance expired on December 31, 2018, and needs refreshed with the latest guidance for implementation of the conservation planning policy.
 
Explanation.  For individuals who were designated as apprentice conservation planner, certified conservation planner, master certified conservation planner, or technical specialist planner in the National Conservation Planner Database prior to January 2017, all requirements for their current designation must be completed by January 1, 2022. Individuals not completing the requirements for their current conservation planner designation by the end of this 5-year transition period will have their current planner role designation suspended until such time that the role designation requirements are completed or the individual is assigned to another planner role that can be met with their qualifications.

A record of the programs and certifications developed in the agency’s learning management system, AgLearn, for each conservation planner designation is provided in the attachment and is current as of November 2018. During the above transition period, completing the “Water Quality – Resource Assessment” Employee Development Section (EDS, previously NEDC) course prior to February 1, 2017, will satisfy the requirements for the Water Quality Webinar Series courses for all planner designations.
 
Contact.  Please direct any questions to Arlen Ricke, Natural Resource Specialist, Conservation Planning Branch, at arlen.ricke@USDA.gov.
 
 

 /s/

JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs

 
 
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