The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) leverages high-resolution geo-spatial data to help local farming communities better address their soil and water conservation needs.
We are pleased to announce the release of the 2019 ACPF database and updated toolbox. The ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro toolboxes are available for download. The ACPF data download site now holds 11,658 watersheds of data that has been updated to include the 2019 NASS CDL land use data and the current version of the NRCS gSSURGO soils data.
For users who have existing ACPF databases
- The toolboxes have been updated to allow for downloading the new Soils data. Use the Get ACPF Soils Data tool in the Utilities toolset to update the existing data.
- You can also use the Get NASS CDL by Years tool in the updated Utilities toolset to download the 2019 land use data to your existing ACPF database. Then use the Update Edited Field Boundaries tool to update the crop History table and the 6-year land use table. Learn more
ACPF AND THE WATERSHED APPROACH
ACPF input data is available for much of the Midwest and the database is constantly growing. Currently, ACPF data is available for Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and parts of Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Plus, with ACPF Version 3, users are able to build soils and land use databases where not available! Find out if ACPF input data is available for your watershed.
Curious for more examples of where ACPF is being used? Explore the ACPF use map displaying watersheds that have reported using ACPF. If you are already using ACPF, let us know and we’ll ensure your watershed is included! Submit your watershed to our ACPF in Action map using this form.
The ACPF is being used by a diversity of stakeholders and in a variety of different situations. No matter the local context, ACPF can help you reach your goals.
The ACPF is used by local conservation planners, GIS technicians, watershed coordinators, agency staff and producer-led groups to:
- engage landowners, conservation managers, crop advisors, drainage system managers and other stakeholders in the watershed planning process
- start conversations with stakeholders and stress the importance of soil health
- determine which sub-watersheds to focus on and which landowners to engage
- determine conservation solutions at the field scale
- transition watershed projects from demonstration to implementation by identifying priority areas
WHY USE ACPF
Facilitates targeted conservation
The ACPF identifies and addresses high-risk areas enabling conservation efficiency and effectiveness.
Supports watershed planning
The ACPF identifies high-risk areas and determines solutions that can serve as the foundation for watershed plans. The output maps generated through ACPF show the watershed as a whole, simplifying area-wide planning.
Saves time and resources
The ACPF takes the guesswork out of talking to producers and installing conservation practices and streamlines conservation planning.
Enables local-level flexibility
The ACPF is non-prescriptive, allowing landowners and local stakeholders to choose the option that is right for their land, their community, and their watershed.
Promotes stakeholder engagement
The ACPF facilitates conversation between diverse stakeholders with different perspectives, issues and priorities. The ACPF output maps can be used in conversations with producers, drainage authorities, county supervisors, and program managers, to name a few.
Provides scientific validity to conservation funding opportunities
The ACPF output maps help conservation professionals scientifically justify recommendations and proposals to producers and funders. With ACPF, grant applicants can prioritize and develop potential projects for funding based on outputs.