Brochure - CCPI Forestland Health

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative - EQIP Forestland Health

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About the Program

The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) provides financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Forestland Health to manage riparian forests and renovate old windbreaks in Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. Forestland, windbreaks, cropland, and grassland all have the potential to qualify for the program if a “resource concern” is identified. Primary resource concerns for the program are the health and condition of trees in windbreaks and forests, soil erosion that impacts water associated with excessive sediment. Specific examples of resource concerns may include:

  • Old windbreaks with gaps and dead trees or shrubs
  • Streambank erosion where additional tree planting can provide long-term reduction in soil loss
  • Forest or woodlands that are over crowded (need thinning), or would benefit from additional tree planting; or contain a high percentage of invasive or undesirable trees and shrubs

CCPI-EQIP for Forestland Health payment rates are based upon region-wide average costs.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • CCPI and EQIP are available state-wide.
  • Applicants must be engaged in agricultural production or forest management, or have an interest in agricultural or forestry operation associated with the land being offered for enrollment in EQIP.
  • Tenants may apply with written support from landowners.
  • Land must have a “resource concern” as determined by Kansas Forest Service district foresters and/or NRCS district conservationists.
  • A forest management plan or Forest Stewardship Management plan is required. Plans are prepared by KFS district foresters at no cost to the applicant. Plans are not required prior to application though they can speed up the process.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted continuously at county NRCS offices located in USDA Service Centers. However, the application evaluation period cutoff date for fiscal year 2013 is February 15, 2013. Locations and contact information are available on the Web at

NRCS will refer applicants to a Kansas Forest Service district forester who will visit the property and develop a management plan to guide the project. NRCS will then rank and prioritize the application based on criteria developed for Forestland Health and fund accordingly. After contracts are obligated by NRCS and plans are completed applicants may begin their projects

Eligible Practices and Rates

A partial listing of practices and payment rates. Applicants are reimbursed at these rates.

Practice Payment Rate
Windbreak Row Removal < 8" $0.56/LnFt
Windbreak Row Removal > 8" $1.60/LnFt
Windbreak Thinning (selective) $0.29/LnFt
Windbreak Planting (Mach. BR) $0.19/LnFt
Windbreak Planting (Hand BR) $380.16/AC
Microirrigation-Surface Drip $662.67/AC
Herbicides (spot and banding) $66.45/AC
Weed Barrier Fabric (4x4) $1.73/EA
Weed Barrier Fabric (6' roll) $0.19/SqFt
Tree/Shrub Site Prep (medium) $302.37/AC
Tree/Shrub Site Prep (heavy) $222.05/AC
Direct Seeding (Hdw Estab) $932.76/AC
Tree Planting (Mach & Tubes) $4.46/EA
Tree Planting (Hand & Tubes) $5.19/EA
Tree Planting (Mach) $1.88/EA
Riparian Forest Buffer (BR/Mach) $989.61/AC
Barbed Wire Fence (4 S) $0.94/LnFt
Forest Stand Improvement (Thinning) $252.06/AC

Kansas Forest Service District Foresters

  • Dave Bruton, NE District, Valley Falls
    Counties: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Wyandotte
  • Katy Dhungel, SE District, Iola
    620-365-2901 Ext 1306
    Counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson
  • Thad Rhodes, NC District, Manhattan
    785-779-5182 Ext 1517
    Counties: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, Wabaunsee, and Washington
  • Dennis Carlson, SC District, Hutchinson
    620-663-3501 Ext 8
    Counties: Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, and Sumner
  • Jim Strine, NW District, Hays
    785-625-3425 Ext 220
    Counties: Barton, Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace
  • John Klempa, SW District, Garden City
    620-275-0211 Ext 308
    Counties: Barber, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Wichita