The first projects of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program have been selected. These 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding, and projects are leveraging an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment.
Nearly 600 pre-proposals were submitted in 2014. The top pre-proposals were invited to submit a full proposal, and NRCS received 210 proposals requesting $1.4 billion – four times the available funding.
How Projects Were Selected
Projects were evaluated on four criteria:
- Contributions –
- Projects will expand private lands conservation investment by leveraging partner contributions
- Solutions –
- Projects will provide real-time, measureable results to benefit individual farms, ranches and forests but also local economies and communities in watersheds and targeted geographic areas.
- Innovations –
- Partners will creatively design projects by drawing all authorities into an integrated project.
- Participation –
- Partners will pull new organizations into the fold and increase the diversity and number of stakeholders that participate in projects.
RCPP Oregon Fact Sheet (PDF, 605 KB)
RCPP National Fact Sheet (PDF, 529 KB)
RCPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF, 630 KB) --Coming soon
RCPP Columbia River Critical Conservation Area Flyer (PDF, 294 KB)
To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted
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