Appendix 1: Selected Standards and Specifications

NRCS Standards are located in:

Field Office Technical Guides (FOTGs) are the primary scientific references for NRCS.  They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.  Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared.  FOTGs for Trinity County are available on the web at  Appropriate parts of the Field Office Technical Guides are automated as data bases, computer programs, and other electronic-based materials such as those included in web based pages.  FOTGs have the following sections:

  • Section I General References:  In this section are general state maps, descriptions of Major Land Resource Areas, watershed information, and links to NRCS reference manuals and handbooks.  Section I contains links to researchers, universities, and agencies we work.  Section I also contains conservation practice costs, agricultural laws and regulations, cultural resources, and information about protected plant and animal species.
  • Section II Natural Resources Information:  In this section is detailed information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources.  NRCS Soil Surveys, Hydric Soils Interpretations, Ecological Site Descriptions, Forage Suitability Groups, Cropland Production Tables, Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides, Water Quality Guides, and other related information can be found here as it becomes available.
  • Section III Conservation Management Systems:  In this section is information on NRCS Quality Criteria, which establish standards for resource conditions that help provide sustained use.
  • Section IV Practice Standards and Specifications:  In this section are the NRCS Conservation Practices.  Practice Standards define the practice and where it applies.  Practice specifications are detailed requirements for installing the practice in the state.
  • Section V Conservation Effects:  In this section is background information on how Conservation Practices affect each identified resource concern in the county.

CAL FIRE CFIP Guidelines are located in:

The 2012 edition (vol. 1) of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) Users Guide is included in the CD attached to this plan.  This provides a guide to the program and how to access standards and specifications for cost-share practices.


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