Conservation Stewardship Program
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:
- Determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements,
- Document your stewardship work--including conservation practices, and
- 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:
- Water Quality
- Water Quantity
- Soil Quality
- 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:
For more information , visit our National CSP web page, your local office or
KATURA N. WRIGHT
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs