Our Strategic Planning process is comprised of two parts:
Strategic Organizational Planning:
The Strategic Organizational Plan (SOP) is an outline of the overall goals of the organization, and the steps we need to take to focus our resources, strengthen our effectiveness, and fulfill our priorities. USVLT adopted its first SOP in 2011, and was updated most recently in June, 2017. Click here for a complete copy of our 2017 SOP, and for the 2019 update to our goal tracking spreadsheet, click here.
Strategic Conservation Planning:
In 2010, USVLT embarked on a 3-year planning process to highlight the areas in the 11 towns we serve that have the highest level of natural resources present — and the greatest need for protection.
Beginning in 2010, we first conducted a Natural Resource Inventory of our entire service area. We took tally of all of the resources within our service area that are of paramount importance: aquifers, riparian areas, animal habitats, and prime farmland soils are just a few of several of the variables we looked at. We compiled this information and developed priority conservation focus areas that boasted the best of these irreplaceable resources (click here to read the full report).
Next, we took what we had developed to the towns we serve in both New Hampshire and Maine, asking for their advice, feedback, and local expertise. We wanted to know about local natural resources that may have slipped through the cracks of our Natural Resource Inventory. More importantly, we wanted a tally of the resources that can be counted or measured: the scenic, cultural and historic resources that are important to locals. We are currently working on developing a second generation of maps that highlight these concerns.
As we continue to get feedback from the human communities we serve, and as the natural communities we protect shift in the face of climate change and other external factors, we will revisit and revise our strategic conservation plan to continue to get the most conservation value possible.