Resource Planning and Implementation Team Overview
The Resource Planning and Implementation Team (RPIT) is based in the Bozeman,
Montana State Office Technology Staff. The RPIT is an interdisciplinary team
providing assistance to NRCS area and field offices and conservation partners
throughout Montana. The RPIT is composed of a biologist, civil engineer,
agricultural economist, and resource conservationist. The team was organized to
deliver direct technical assistance to help NRCS staff and conservation partners
address interdisciplinary landscape-based resource issues. The activities of the
team include the following:
- Direct technical assistance and support to field office staff working
with water resource-based groups.
- Help water resource-based groups to form, build capacity, identify and
carry out resource assessment and treatment needs through the development of
comprehensive project implementation teams.
- Conduct outreach on watershed planning methods, NRCS Farm Bill Programs,
and other NRCS resource assessment tools and methods available to inventory
and assess natural resources.
- Serve as NRCS liaison to the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and
the Montana Wetlands Council.
- Promote opportunities to utilize NRCS financial and technical assistance
programs to benefit the public and targeted audiences.
The RPIT has provided the following types of assistance since its inception
one year ago:
- Assessment, plan development and implementation of animal feeding
conservation projects in Stillwater County.
- Field assistance and oversight with Emergency Watershed Program
projects, participated in initial scoping meetings and site visits for
potential watershed scale projects, i.e. Two Medicine River Stream Corridor
Assessment in Glacier County.
- Identified and mapped the distribution of Russian olive along the
600-mile Yellowstone River Corridor in Montana, while also developing
control and management literature (See
Species Technical Notes 30 and 31) and brochures for Russian olive and salt
- Assisted with the development and writing of several project special
initiatives to include the National Agricultural Water Enhancement Program,
the Stillwater Animal Feeding Operation Treatment Project, the Judith Basin
Nitrate in Groundwater initiative, and the Powell County Multiagency
Blackfoot Forest Project and the Midvale Diversion Dam Engineering
Evaluation in Glacier County.
The RPIT is supervised by the NRCS State Resource Conservationist, Jerry
Schaefer. The Teamís priorities and activities are overseen by a Board of
Directors consisting of all four Assistant State Conservationists and the State
Resource Conservationist. Work assignments and priorities are made several times
a year as the workload requires. Requests for assistance may be made at any
time. To request the RPITís assistance with these and similar types of resource
assessment, evaluation, planning, and/or implementation programs, please contact
the respective Assistance State Conservationist- Field Operations. Requests for assistance are made
using the RPIT's request form.
If you encounter any problems with the file provided on this
page, please contact Technical Resources at 406-587-6822.
The following document requires
for Technical Assistance - Resource
Planning and Implementation Team (PDF; 40 KB)
Resource Planning and Implementation Team Members
Jeff Combs, Biologist: phone 406-587-6747; email
Rena Ruffin, Agricultural Economist: phone: 406-587-6854; email
Cory Wolfe, Civil Engineer: phone 406-587-6994; email
Denise Wiedenheft, Resource Conservationist: phone 406-587-6926; email
Denise Wiedenheft, Resource Conservationist