County Resource Management Plan Toolkit County Resource Management Plan Toolkit


Inventory Resources & Existing Conditions

Begin by examining what resources exist within your county, using the list in the resources section as a reference. Document generally the existing conditions and the current level of county and local involvement in resource decision-making and management.



Gather Data

Try to collect data from the best available science. The sources provided in the resources section can help direct you to some of the needed data. The private sector, regional associations, universities, and state government agencies may need to be consulted to create, gather, and synthesize this data.



Document Socio-Economic Links

Using the above resources, document the economic and social impacts of each resource on your county with as much data as available.



Detail Desired Conditions

Using the existing conditions and management settings as a starting point, outline the county’s desired conditions for the resource and its management. This step could mark the beginning of a public process where these desired conditions are presented to the community for input.



Create Policies & Monitoring Methods

Using the desired future conditions as the goal for each resource, create a clear policy and/or position to support achieving the goal. Detail methods for monitoring the change from the existing condition to the desired condition. These should be shared with the public for comment.



Develop Objectives

Again using the desired future conditions as the goal for each resource, identify what changes need to be made to achieve the goal. Ensure these objectives are consistent with the goal and align with the how they’ll be monitored. These could also be shared with the public for input.



Draft CRMP

Using the template provided, enter the content created during this process and draft a formal CRMP using the “Three-C’s” of effective resource management plans.