CCPI in 2011


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

Eligible producers, who participate in a project area identified in an approved partner agreement, may apply for program assistance.

Eligible programs include:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

  • Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)

  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

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. After the NRCS Chief or the North Dakota State Conservationist has announced the approved CCPI areas, eligible producers may submit a program application.

FY2011 Funded CCPI Proposals

Four CCPI proposals, two multi-state and two within state, are in their third year of funding.

Wells County Windbreak Renovations:  Funding has been made available to renovate existing farmstead and feedlot windbreaks. Windbreaks provide critical protection for farmsteads, livestock and crops. Funds will be use to offset the landowner's cost of windbreak renovation. Only farmsteads that are physically located in Wells County are eligible for this program.

Mercer County Windbreak Creation and Restoration Enhancement Initiative:  Funding was made available for agricultural producers to create and enhance shelterbelts in Mercer County. This initiative was developed to secure additional funding for implementing living snow fences, windbreaks/shelterbelts, and the renovation of existing shelterbelts. The goal of this project is to control snow accumulation on roads, around dwellings, livestock operations, as well as provide emergency access to Mercy County communities.

Conservation Cropping Systems Project:  Financial assistance was made available to improve soil condition and water quality, reduce soil erosion, and improve wildlife habitat through the adoption of strip till and/or planting a cover crop. This project is offered in select counties in North Dakota and Marshall and Day counties in South Dakota.

The Nature Conservancy:  Funding for a partnership, organized by TNC with soil and water conservation districts and local producer associations, is available to promote voluntary grazing management practices to restore native plants on privately-owned pasture land in the Northern Plains or Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Two additional CCPI proposals are in their second year of funding.

Red River Valley:  Funding was made available to eligible partners in the Red River Valley to address resource concerns related to wind and water erosion, water quality, and soil salinization.  Funding made available through the CCPI will help the partnership of Soil Conservation Districts in Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, Traill, Cass, and Richland counties.

Shelterbelt Renovation and Restoration of Forested Riparian Areas:  Financial assistance is available to fund shelterbelt renovation and forest restoration proposals.  The deadline to be considered for FY2011 funding is April 8, 2011.  Funded projects will work through existing EQIP to leverage additional services and resources from state forestry agencies of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Additional CCPI Materials

The following documents require Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel.

CCPI-CCSP Ranking Summary  (PDF; 40 KB)
Mercer County Windbreak Creation & Restoration Ranking Summary  (PDF; 40 KB)
Red River Ranking Summary (PDF; 40 KB)
Riparian Buffers Ranking Summary (PDF; 40 KB)
Wells County Windbreak Renovation Ranking Summary  (PDF; 40 KB)
Windbreak Renovation Ranking Summary (PDF; 45 KB)


Program Contact:

Jennifer C. Heglund
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)

Phone: 701-530-2095