ACPF USERS MANUAL
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.
Users can also 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!
ONLINE TECHNICAL ACPF TRAINING
The ACPF team is excited to debut a new ACPF online training. This training is designed for individuals who have an intermediate knowledge of GIS as it assumes viewers are comfortable navigating toolboxes, using tool dialogs, manipulating map characteristics, and moving and joining tables. In order to take this training you must have access to:
- ArcGIS software (an advanced license of either ArcGIS (10.3-10.6) or ArcGIS Pro 2.2)
- TauDEM software
- ACPF Toolbox
- Soils and Land Use Data provided through the ACPF watershed database or created using the ACPF utilities suite
- DEM data
The training is hosted through the University of Wisconsin-Madison and based heavily on the training videos created by the team at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment of the USDA ARS in Ames, Iowa. It can be take at your own pace and is divided into seven online modules:
- DEM Preparation
- Develop Stream Network and Catchment
- Field Characterization
- Precision Conservation Practice Siting
- Impoundment Siting
- Riparian Assessment
We highly recommend individuals enroll in the online training prior to getting started with the ACPF Toolbox. The training incorporates the ACPF training video lessons. Upon signing up you will receive an email within two business days with instructions on how to enroll in the online course hosted through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sign up for the online technical ACPF training:
BUILDING YOUR OWN GEODATABASE
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.
ALREADY USING ACPF?
If you are using ACPF in your watershed, we want to know! Submit your watershed to our ACPF in Action map using this form.
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.