• Conclusions and Recommendations - Phase II

Although this phase of the Arkansas SRA was completed by December 31, 2012 the continued updated and review of these ‘at risk’ models would serve the NRCS well.  The resulting product from collaborative efforts such as this Resource Assessment provides valuable input to current and future resource management decisions by NRCS staff, customers and agency partners.   These expert driven GIS models and the presentation/sharing of the resulting ‘At Risk’ areas within a watershed, district or State provide a mechanism for review, reflection, and assessment of the relative risk, conditions or impacts (both positive and negative) to key natural resources  within Arkansas.  These datasets and documents reflect the current institutional knowledge of the on-the-ground conditions of risk to these twenty-nine natural resource concerns and therefore should function as part of the management decision support and as products to help communicate the state of our Natural State to resource partners and newcomers to the region.  These resource assessments should be treated as a living documentation that is frequently updated and used for monitoring the success and impacts of NRCS conservation programs.  These products should be shared among NRCS staff, partners and to public so that additional input, ideas and refinement of the modeling process can be accomplished in future iterations. 

Finally, after a collective review and approval of any resource concern model results, the allocation of the updated acres at risk into the hydrologic units and the corresponding NRCS districts would be very beneficial for planning resource allocations and NRCS conservation treatment activities within Arkansas.