Resource planning is a locally-led process. A planning committee, with assistance from technical experts, leads the effort to create and implement natural resource management plans. When called upon by the local planning committee, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) facilitate the resource planning process. This is the case with the Copperas Creek Watershed Resource Plan.
The resource planning process helps citizens develop productive partnerships, reach consensus, make decisions, and obtain financial and technical resources to carry out their ideas. Resource Planning demands information about resource conditions that move local people to a position of knowledge. Empowered with information about the resources, stakeholders can make decisions that are in their best ecological, social, and economic interests.
The resulting Resource Plan provides written guidance to local people about the management of their resources over time. The plan demonstrates broad community support for the identified resource management alternatives. It informs grant-making agencies and technical experts about current conditions in the planning area, the interests of stakeholders, and their preferred strategies for managing natural resources.