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Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of certain conservation programs along with resource of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

After announcement, eligible producers located in an approved project area may submit an application for any of the following available programs, which may be approved for assistance:

Under CCPI, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) enters into partnership agreements with eligible entities that want to enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the authority for CCPI to the NRCS Chief.

National CCPI Program Information

2013 CCPI Information

Forestry for the Bay- Applications Due June 14.

For fiscal year 2013, NRCS is partnering with the Maryland Forest Service and the Pinchot Institute to help private landowners improve the health and productivity of their forestland through the Forestry for the Bay program.  

The Forestry for the Bay partnership provides increased financial assistance for Maryland landowners to implement forest-related practices that improve air and water quality and pollinator habitat. Participants with land in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be eligible to receive a free assessment of their potential to generate ecosystem service credit funding.

The program is run through EQIP and EQIP eligibility requirements apply. Financial assistance is being made available through EQIP-CCPI and Maryland’s Woodland Incentives Program. Forestry for the Bay is available in all Maryland counties.

Practices Available

106 Forest Management Plan

314 Brush Management

315 Herbaceous Weed Management

324 Deep Tillage

327 Conservation Cover

338 Prescribed Burning

342 Critical Area Planting

380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt

383 Fuel Break

386 Field Border

390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover

391 Riparian Forest Buffer

393 Filter Strip

396 Aquatic Organism Passage

394 Fire Break

422 Hedgerow Planting

468 Lined Waterway or Outlet

472 Access Control

490 Tree and Shrub Site Preparation

500 Obstruction Removal

516 Pipeline

533 Pumping Plant

561 Heavy Use Area Protection

574 Spring Development

578 Stream Crossing

612 Tree and Shrub Establishment

614 Watering Facility

620 Underground Outlet

642 Water Well

643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitat

645 Upland Wildlife Habitat

647 Early Successional Habitat Development and Management

655 Forest Trails and Landings

660 Tree Pruning

666 Forest Stand Improvement


CCPI Forestry Practices (PDF, 67KB)
CCPI Forestry Practices Cost List (PDF, 220KB)
CCPI Forestry Ranking Tool (PDF, 10KB)
CCPI Forestry Fact Sheet (PDF, 172KB)


NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning CCPI eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contacts

Mikel Williams Hawkins
Farm Bill Program Manager
(443) 482-2923