2018-2019 SOC Work Plan
Every two years, SOC prepares a Work Plan for Wisconsin’s Technical Conservation Practice Standards to provide an overview of which technical standard projects are priorities for the next two years. Before the plan is completed, a Technical Standards Needs Survey is conducted to gather input on revisions needed across the state. This 2018-2019 Work Plan is based on priorities identified by the 2017 Technical Standards Needs Survey, agency requirements, and available resources. An additional Technical Standards Assessment survey was completed in 2019 and the 2020-2021 Work Plan will be finalized in early 2020.
Based on recommendations from the custodian of the standard, SOC selects one of three different processes to develop or revise a technical standard. The three processes, which range in complexity, participation, and resource requirements, are briefly described here.
Technical Standard Development & Revisions
The SOC Program Manager will conduct the following activities for the current work team projects:
- Facilitate work teams in completing Full and Modified Process projects through coordination of meeting logistics, agenda development, meeting facilitation, recording and distributing notes, and maintaining team member and stakeholder communications.
- Coordinate commenting periods and promotion of newly revised practice standards.
- Maintain communication channels with current team updates, meetings, and resources.
2018-2019 Conservation Practice Standard Projects
The following standards are expected to be continued or initiated in 2018 or 2019. Due to agency requirements, other technical standards not on this list may come up for review.
2018 & 2019 Conservation Practice Standard Projects
|Critical Area Planting||342||Minor|
|Forage and Biomass Planting||512||Minor|
|Forest Stand Improvement||666||Minor|
|Forest Trail and Landings||655||Minor|
|Herbaceous Weed Treatment||315||Minor|
|Integrated Pest Management (without WIN-PST)||NEW||Modified|
|Restoration of Rare or Declining Natural Communities||643||Minor|
|Road/Trail/Land Closure and Treatment||654||Minor|
|Streambank and Shoreline Protection||580||Modified|
|Structure for Water Control||587||Minor|
|Tree/Shrub Site Preparation||490||Minor|
|Water and Sediment Control Basin||638||Minor|
|Waste Facility Closure||360||Modified|
|Windbreak Shelterbelt Establishment||380||Minor|
|Woody Residue Treatment||384||Minor|
|Channel Erosion Mat||1053||Minor|
|Mulching for Construction Sites||1058||Minor|
|Non-Channel Erosion Mat||1052||Minor|
|Proprietary Filtration Devices||(NEW) 1010||Full|
|Trackout Control Practices (Stone Tracking Pad)||1057||Full|
|Storm Water Treatment Wetland||NEW||Full|
|Verification of Land Features||01||Full|
To best achieve the SOC mission and follow SOC’s principles, the outlined team processes for standard revision and development are closely followed and continually evaluated:
- Ensure adherence to SOC process through team management.
- Uphold transparency through current and broad communication channels, including website, listserv, and newsletters.
- Evaluate processes through feedback solicitation and implement changes as needed.
- Conduct pilot meetings with small stakeholder groups to receive additional feedback on standards in revision or development.
- Coordinate quarterly SOC meetings of Council representatives to lead direction of the program and to facilitate continued program development.
- Conduct 2019 Technical Standards Needs Assessment and develop 2020 – 2021 Work Plan.
- Attend trainings and professional development opportunities to assist smooth team functioning and effective standards development.
The following outreach and communications activities enhance understanding of SOC’s role in Wisconsin conservation programs and increase participation in review processes and stakeholder engagement:
- Maintain website with current information on SOC process, activities, and updated standards.
- Prepare and deliver SOC presentations at conferences, events, or meetings.
- Develop and update promotional materials, including Annual Report (annually) and SOC brochure (as needed).
- Continue to network and build relationships with various stakeholder groups.
- Write SOC updates for various newsletters, including WI Land+Water newsletter.
- Promote involvement in SOC process by attending or presenting at relevant conferences, partner events, trainings, and other related activities.
SOC is engaged with the Custodians of the standards in the development of training opportunities to encourage proper implementation of practice standards. SOC performs the following activities in this area:
- Assess training needs associated with revised standards, collect information to facilitate training development, particularly in relation to the State Interagency Training Committee (SITCOM).
- Collaborate with Custodians to develop online or in-person training for newly revised or developed standards.
- Collect, organize, and maintain photos and metadata for the Technical Photo Gallery, and share this resource’s updates biannually with appropriate SOC listservs.