CCPI provides targeted assistance to producers for enhancing conservation outcomes on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land. All funding for projects will go directly to eligible producers in the selected area. Areas of CCPI assistance are selected competitively through applications of eligible partners. With CCPI, partners request assistance for a specific project area or resource concern. Potential partners may submit proposals that request assistance for a specified project area which may be defined by geo-political boundaries, watershed boundaries, or resource concern. For the partnership proposals that are selected, NRCS directs conservation program funding to eligible private landowners, private nonindustrial forest landowners, farmers, and ranchers who apply.
The purposes of a CCPI partnership agreement are to:
Address conservation priorities involving agriculture and nonindustrial private forest land on a local, State, multi-State, or regional level;
Encourage producers to cooperate in meeting applicable Federal, State, and local regulatory requirements related to production;
Encourage producers to cooperate in the installation and maintenance of conservation practices that affect multiple agricultural or nonindustrial private forest land; and
Promote the development and demonstration of innovative conservation practices and delivery methods, including those for specialty crop and organic production and precision agriculture producers.
Eligible partners include state, local, and Tribal governments, producer associations and cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.
Currently Selected CCPI Project Areas Receiving Funding in Fiscal Year 2011
Applications for the following projects will be accepted through July 15, 2011
FY 2011 Funding
Wallowa County (Between
Enterprise and Joseph, includes portions of the Prairie Creek watershed)
Sponsor: Wallowa Soil & Water Conservation District.
Description:The Prairie Creek Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project will provide funding assistance to install ditch piping to improve irrigation efficiencies. The project will reduce run-off flows of unwanted nutrients and sediments into Prairie Creek; augment flows in the upper Wallowa River improving habitat for steelhead, bull trout and Chinook salmon, and reduce energy usage and costs.
To Apply: Contact the Enterprise Service Center, (541) 426-4521
Grant County (Rudio Creek in northwest Grant County about five miles east of Kimberly)
Sponsor: Columbia Blue Mt. Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council
Description: The Rudio Creek Restoration Partnership will assist with practices to improve water quality and quantity in Rudio Creek, improving habitat for steelhead and salmon. This includes irrigation improvements on irrigated hay and pasture lands. This project will also focus on removal of invasive juniper trees, weed control, off-stream stock water developments, cross fencing to aid in grazing management, and forest stand improvements.
To Apply: Contact the John Day Service Center, (541) 575-0135
Klamath County (Oak woodland areas in the Upper Klamath River Watershed)
Sponsor: Klamath Soil And Water Conservation District
Description: The Upper Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project will target the implementation of conservation practices that improve or maintain critically important oak woodlands. This will be achieved primarily through forest thinning, but will also include a biomass and a community firewood pilot project for low-income families.
To Apply: Contact the Klamath Falls Service Center, (541) 883-6924
Baker County (Lower Powder River Basin area)
Sponsor: Keating Soil And Water Conservation District
Description: The Targeted Management of Medusahead in Sage-Grouse Habitat Project aims to improve prime sage-grouse habitat areas and restore rangeland health and function in sagebrush steppe and shrub land sites overtaken by medusahead rye.
To Apply: Contact the Baker City Service Center, (541) 523-7121
Douglas County (OR), Jackson County (OR), Siskiyou County (CA) (Priority oak habitat areas)
Sponsor: Lomakatsi Restoration Project
Description: The Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project will promote conservation practices that protect, enhance or restore declining oak habitats. Practices include thinning and prescribed fire and woody biomass removal to reduce encroaching vegetation, stem densities within young oak stands, and reduce fuel hazards.
To Apply: Contact the Roseburg Service Center, (541) 673-6071 (Douglas County); Medford Service Center, (541) 776-4267 (Jackson County);
Yreka Service Center, (530) 842-6123 (Siskiyou County)
Morrow County (Willow Creek Valley between Heppner and Lexington)
Sponsor: Morrow Soil & Water Conservation District
Description: The Heppner-Lexington Conservation Pipeline Project will help provide gravity fed irrigation water to nearly 1,500 acres of cropland on eleven farms. It will eliminate pumps, substantially reduce energy usage and costs, increase cropland productivity, reduce operation and maintenance costs and reduce water loss, increasing overall flows into Willow Creek.
To Apply: Contact the Heppner Service Center, (541) 676-5021
Wheeler County (Rowe Creek)
Sponsor: Wheeler Soil And Water Conservation District
Description: The Twickenham/Rowe Creek Restoration Project offers ranchers financial and technical assistance to remove juniper, manage invasive weeds, enhance native vegetation and improve water distribution for better wildfire management in the area.
To Apply: Contact the Condon Service Center, (541) 384-2671
Previously Selected CCPI Project Areas Receiving Funding in Fiscal Year 2011
Applications for the following projects will be accepted February 1, 2011 through March 15, 2011
FY 2011 Funding
The Lonerock Basin CCPI project located in southeast Gilliam County will offer landowners financial and technical assistance to thin and remove juniper to increase water supplies for critical steelhead habitat in Lonerock Creek. To apply, contact the Condon NRCS field office at: (541) 384-2671.
The Sutton Mountain CCPI project area in Wheeler County will offer ranchers financial and technical assistance to remove juniper, manage invasive weeds, enhance native vegetation and improve water distribution for better wildfire management in the area. To apply, contact the Condon NRCS field office at: (541) 384-2671.
Fifteenmile Watershed Council This “Save Water/Save Energy” Project includes funding from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Bonneville Power Administration as conservation partners. Providing technical assistance are WyEast RC&D, NRCS and Oregon Water Resources Department. This project will work toimprove irrigation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.
Applications for the following project areas will be accepted through December 15, 2010
FY 2011 Funding
The Dalles Irrigation District CCPI project in Wasco County will offer financial and technical assistance to adopt intensive scientific irrigation scheduling practices to conserve water, save energy and improve water quality on orchards irrigated through The Dalles Irrigation District. To apply, contact the NRCS field office in The Dalles at: (541) 298-8559.
The Rooster Rock CCPI is focused on private lands adjacent to the Sundry/Rooster Rock Upland Water Quality Area in Baker County. Funding and technical assistance will be directed to improve grazing practices, remove juniper, seed native vegetation, and thin overstocked forests. To apply, contact the Baker City NRCS field office at: (541) 523-7121.