Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program assisting landowners and operators in protecting grazing uses and related conservation values by restoring and conserving grassland resources.
New Applications - Fiscal Year 2013
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended GRP authorization for Fiscal Year 2013. States may now accept new applications for GRP. However, NRCS does not have GRP funds to enroll new projects at this time. This site will be updated as soon as funding is made available and we are able to fund new applications.
GRP in New York Emphasizes:
- Preservation and restoration of native grasslands
- Supporting grazing operations
- Protecting grasslands from threats of conversion
- Maintaining and improving plant and animal biodiversity
Landowners who want to participate in GRP may enroll through a permanent conservation easement or 10, 15, or 20 year rental contract. Rental Contracts pay a flat rate per acre for the grassland value for each year of the agreement. Permanent Conservation Easement value is determined by the lowest of an appraisal, geographic area rate cap, or landowner offer.
Note: New York will not be able to make offers for easement applications due to limited funding.
Under all options the landowner agrees to implement a grazing management plan on all enrolled land. The program provides 50 percent cost-share for any needed grazing improvements such as fencing and grass plantings.
Sign-ups for the Grassland Reserve Program are accepted at USDA Service Centers on a continuous basis with one or more ranking and selection periods per fiscal year. Applications that were not elected for funding in the previous fiscal year will be deferred and considered for funding during the next ranking period.
View maps of GRP Focus areas in New York.
New York emphasizes obtaining easements or rental contracts on eligible land that contain remnant native grass habitat and restoration of the remnant habitat. Additional emphasis on GRP in New York is obtaining easements or rental contracts on grazing operations that are exhibiting excellent management of the grassland resources while minimizing the effects on local water quality. Applications will be evaluated using a two phase ranking criteria where only the highest rated applicants will be evaluated in the second phase of ranking.
The following documents require Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word. All documents are less than 250 KB in size.
GRP Ranking Worksheet (PDF, 277 KB)
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