Rural System's

Q Works Documents: Advice for Preparation

You are encouraged to contribute to the development of the system. High quality parts of the system are badly needed and assistance is welcomed and much appreciated.

Please see the list of chapters and modules and their current state of development.You may want to assist in developing one already underway or to begin to develop one. Contact the Director if in doubt about anything. We must develop a unified, consistent, coherent system.Going down an unusual pathway, while very creative, may be a great waste of time and cause unnecessary frustrations and conflicts.

General Guides

  1. Write for the small-area planner. Assume an 8th grade reading level.
  2. Keep it short; present only "the facts."
  3. Make it readable.
  4. Write in third person.
  5. Quantify wherever possible.
  6. Use predictive equations wherever possible.
  7. Observe samples of several other Trevey System (RRx) chapters or units
  8. Write for one general audience; use numbers (which may differ in other areas) to make it specific.
  9. Where necessary, branch into several regions. For example, wetlands in the mountains will have quite different implications in planning than those in the coastal areas. Two stored texts will then cover all counties.
  10. Try to provide bridges to other chapters, especially via variables in equations. For example, the number of people can be used to compute total solid waste produced (people x average per person) and also to estimate hunters (people x proportion that hunts species Y.)
  11. Document all sources of information.
  12. Work out as best possible any update arrangements.


May 13, 2012