The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary conservation initiative that establishes specific parameters for working with eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands. The assistance provided enables participants to install and maintain conservation practices, including the development and adoption of innovative conservation practices and management approaches. Areas of CCPI assistance are selected competitively through applications from eligible partners. Eligible partners include State, local, and Tribal governments, producer associations and cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.
CCPI is implemented through multi-year agreements, not to exceed 5 years, with partners. The purpose of the CCPI is to:
address conservation priorities on a local, State, multi-State, or regional level;
encourage producers to cooperate in meeting regulatory requirements;
encourage producers to cooperate in the installation and maintenance of conservation practices that affect multiple operations;
promote the development and demonstration of innovative conservation practices and delivery methods.
NRCS will announce CCPI availability through announcements and a new Request for Proposals (RFP) sometime after the beginning of the new 2014 fiscal year. Watch the National CCPI website for more information.
Partner proposals must be postmarked and submitted to the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist or to the Chief within 45 days of the date of the Federal Register Notice.