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Introduction to the Field Office Technical Guide

Course Introduction 

The Field Office Technical Guide is the primary technical reference for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. The FOTG is managed by NRCS state technical specialists, but contains technical knowledge and standards used by field conservationists at the local level.  

This training consists of five Web-based modules, after which there is a test.  You must receive a score of 80 percent to successfully complete this course.

The modules are:

  • Module 1 - Introduction and History of the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 2 - Organization of the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 3 - Navigating the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 4 - The Relationship Between the Field Office Technical Guide and the Nine Steps of Planning
  • Module 5 - Incorporating Technology into the Field Office Technical Guide

You will encounter review questions throughout the program.  These questions relate to and highlight the most significant content.

The goals of this training course are to help new NRCS employees and others describe the contents of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), learn how to access its contents, and understand why it is important. Completing this training enables the student to be able to describe the science and technologies used to conserve natural resources. This course is the foundation for additional training and experience needed to plan and apply conservation practices to on-the-ground situations.

For additional training courses, such as, Conservation Planning and Basic Field Conservation, return to the NEDC Home Page and review the Course Listing.

If you have any questions or comments about the course contents, please direct them to Bill Boyer in the Ecological Sciences Division. Direct any questions that are specific to state policy or operations to the appropriate personnel in your state.

If you experience problems with linked sites, downloading documents or other issues with the operation of the program, please contact the NEDC Webmaster.

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