Training and Support


The ACPF has a User’s Manual describing how to apply ACPF planning tools with written instructions on inputting data, data maintenance, file management, digital-terrain-model processing, stream delineations, and runoff risk assessment, and guidance on how to execute the Python programming scripts that are used to propose conservation-practice placements. In addition to the User’s Manual, the ACPF team has created a series of training videos for GIS technicians.

  • The videos are divided into 29 lessons on various topics showcasing how to use the ACPF toolbox. Lesson topics focus on setup up the toolbox, using the various toolsets, and interpreting the output maps.
  • The videos are designed for individuals with intermediate ArcGIS skills as they assume viewers are comfortable navigating toolboxes, using tool dialogs, manipulating map characteristics, and moving and joining tables.
  • We highly recommend individuals review the training videos prior to getting started with the ACPF toolbox.

In addition to the ACPF User’s Manual and training videos, explore the ACPF Resource Library for recent ACPF publications, examples of ACPF in use, and a newly developed guide for making landscape-specific adaptations to the ACPF!


Watch the introductory ACPF training video to better understand the ACPF approach to water quality management and how using ACPF can help you accomplish your conservation goals.


To date, over 11,000 watersheds with ACPF soil and land use databases currently exist, however that leaves over 68,000 watersheds in the lower 48 where data has not been compiled. Now, you can build your own ACPF geodatabase no matter where you are and start using ACPF today.

Using the ACPF Utilities Suite you can create your own ACPF database complete with watershed boundaries, field boundaries, elevation, soils and land use data and run the ACPF tools anywhere in the conterminous United States.

To create your own geodatabase, watch Lecture 29 in the ACPF training videos or check out our newly developed Story Map.  Both resources take you step by step through using the ACPF Utilities Suite within ACPF Version 3 to create your own ACPF geodatabase.


If you are using ACPF in your watershed, we want to know! Submit your watershed to our ACPF in Action map using this form. Know of multiple watersheds?  Get in touch with us.

Looking for ACPF support? Join the APCF forum. The ACPF Forum is a Google Group of ACPF users from around the region where you can share results, ask questions, and report issues. Discussions have addressed user topics such as tips for fixing technical errors, how to identify false depressions, how to display flow direction, and more. The forum is also a great way to find out about ACPF updates. You can also find out about ACPF updates through the ACPF mailing list where we email out the latest ACPF news and events. Subscribe to our mailing list.