Targeting Priority Working Lands and Operations (TWLO) pilot project
aims to provide local- decision makers with the tools and
training necessary to identify Priority Working Lands and Operations.
Priority working lands and Operations are important to farms and
farmlands where protection efforts are desirable and help attain
community goals and objectives.
Local people are the heart of targeting priority working lands and
operations. They know their community best and can share critical
information about local needs, interests, and biophysical, economical
and cultural conditions. The TWLO pilot project will apply local
feedback and information using Land Evaluation and Site Assessment
(LESA) system and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to deliver
flexible, accurate and understandable land protection models. The
results are intended to help local decision- makers create, defend, and
implement balanced public policy choices that protect important working
lands and operations yet safeguard private property rights.