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Conservation Stewardship Program

Control burn in a longleaf pine forest with the CSP logo

CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands. Working lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pasture, and range
land, as well as forested land that is an incidental part of an agriculture operation. The program provides equitable access to benefits to all producers, regardless of size of operation, crops produced, or geographic location.

CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 618 KB)

FY 2015 CSP Sign-up News Release (Extended through March 13, 2015)

CSP Pilot – Landscape Conservation Initiative FY 2015 Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI) Pre-screening Questions (PDF) ( 189 KB)

How Do I get Started?

First, producers interested in CSP need to fill out the Conservation Stewardship Program Application  (PDF 40KB), and turn it in to your local NRCS office.  Secondly, all producers must complete a self-assessment to determine their eligibility. Self-assessment worksheets are available at the local NRCS offices or are available online (see below for link.)  Completed worksheets should be taken to local NRCS offices along with proof of control of the land and maps of the property. If you are not eligible for CSP, you may be eligible for other conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and others. Producers who may not be eligible can find out about programs that can help them achieve a higher level of conservation so that they may apply for CSP in the future.

To complete the Self-Assessment on-line, go to CSP Self-Assessment

The assessment will help you:

  1. Determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements,
  2. Document your stewardship work--including conservation practices, and
  3. Prepare a benchmark inventory documenting conservation treatments you have implemented.

Applications in Georgia will need to adequately address one of the four priority natural resource concerns at the end of the contract period. The four ranking concerns are:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Water Quantity
  3. Soil Quality
  4. Soil Erosion

Two ranking pools have been established to rank applications with similar resource concerns, one for north Georgia and one for south Georgia. The areas were not selected by geography. They were selected because of the similarities of the resource concerns in those areas.

Conservation Measurement Tool Inventory Questions

As part of the CSP application process, you'll work with NRCS field personnel to complete your resource inventory using a Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). The CMT determines the conservation performance for existing and additional conservation activities.

The documents below are copies of the resource inventory questions, grouped by land use. You can download and review the questions, and begin drafting responses to start resource inventory process before you complete the CMT in your local NRCS office.

As a part of the CSP program, producers must adopt additional conservation practices to address the priority resource concerns identified through the CMT.  The activities, called "enhancements", are used to determine the payment for the CSP contract.  Below is a comprehensive list of enhancements for Georgia for CSP FY 2015:

Air Quality Animal Enhancement             
AIR 03   ANM 03 ANM 25 ANM 33 ANM 39 ANM 44 ANM 49 ANM 54 ANM 59 ANM 64
AIR 04   ANM 09 ANM 27 ANM 34 ANM 40 ANM 45 ANM 50 ANM 55 ANM 60 ANM 65
AIR 07   ANM 11 ANM 29 ANM 36 ANM 41 ANM 46 ANM 51 ANM 56 ANM 61  
AIR 09   ANM 12 ANM 31 ANM 37 ANM 42 ANM 47 ANM 52 ANM 57 ANM 62  
AIR 10   ANM 21 ANM 32 ANM 38 ANM 43 ANM 48 ANM 53 ANM 58 ANM 63  


Energy   Enhancement Bundles      
ENR 01   BCR 10 BOI 01 BPA 09 BPI 01 BRA 10 BFO 09
ENR 10   BCR 11 BOI 02 BPA 10 BPI 02 BRA 11 BFO 10
ENR 11     BOI 03   BPI 03    
ENR 12              
ENR 13              


Plant          Resource Conserving Crop Rotation
PLT 02 PLT 18 PLT 23 PLT 28   CCR 98      
PLT 06 PLT 19 PLT 24 PLT 29   CCR 99      
PLT 15 PLT 20 PLT 25 PLT 30          
PLT 16 PLT 21 PLT 26 PLT 31          
PLT 17 PLT 22 PLT 27            


Soil Erosion Soil Quality     Water Quality    
SOE 05   SQL 01 SQL 10 SQL 15   WQL 03 WQL 10 WQL 22 WQL 29
    SQL 04 SQL 11 SQL 16   WQL 04 WQL 11 WQL 25 WQL 30
    SQL 05 SQL 12 SQL 17   WQL 05 WQL 18 WQL 26 WQL 31
    SQL 08 SQL 13 SQL 18   WQL 07 WQL 19 WQL 27 WQL 32
    SQL 09 SQL 14 SQL 19   WQL 09 WQL 20 WQL 28 WQL 33
Water Quantity                
WQT 01 WQT 09                
WQT 03 WQT 10                
WQT 05 WQT 11                
WQT 07 WQT 12                
WQT 08 WQT 13                


For more information , visit our National CSP web page, your local office or

Assistant State Conservationist - Programs