NB_300_21_20 - NB 300-21-20 LTP - Notification of National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) Update to Condition Determination
NB 300-21-20 LTP - Notification of National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) Update to Condition Determination
National Bulletin: 300-21-20 Date: March 12, 2021
Subject: LTP - Notification of National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) Update to Condition Determination 


 
Purpose.  To provide notification of NEST condition determination functionality updates made to reflect policy updates.     
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
 
Background.  NEST is the official system for documentation of stewardship land monitoring events. NEST contains the functionality which determines stewardship land easement condition based on specified data entered for each stewardship land monitoring event. The system functionality behind stewardship land condition determination is driven by easement monitoring-related policies.         
 
Explanation.  Easement monitoring-related policies have been updated within the last several years that necessitate an update to the NEST functionality that determines condition. Specifically, the policies that have been updated are Title 440, Part 527, Subparts P and S, “Monitoring” and “Violations and Enforcement,” respectively. Updates to Subpart P were published August 2019 and a new Subpart S was published in February 2020.

In order to accurately reflect policy, the NEST functionality that determines condition has been updated as of February 16, 2021. These updates will only be applied to stewardship land monitoring events that take place and are entered in NEST in fiscal year (FY) 2021 and forward. If a FY 2021 monitoring event has already been entered in NEST, there may be an update made to the determined condition that displays on the event record and associated action items. This functionality update will not retroactively change condition on prior year monitoring events.
    
 
Contact.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this bulletin, contact the Easement Support Mailbox at EasementSupport@usda.gov.      
 
 

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JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs      

 
 
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