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Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation.  It offers new opportunities for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to harness innovation, welcome new partners to the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary conservation.

The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) top priority is to protect Hawaii’s forest watersheds and the islands fresh water source.  Protecting forests improves the water quality of nearby streams and water bodies, reduces soil erosion and agricultural fertilizer runoff into streams and coral reefs, and provides habitat for nearly 317 threatened and endangered species.  The main goals are to control invasive species – the main threat to forest watersheds, plant native trees and shrubs to provide diverse wildlife habitat and forest sustainability, erect fencing to exclude non-native hoofed animals (ungulates), and monitor progress.   

FY 2016 RCPP Focus Areas (Maui, Kauai and Hawaii)

Watershed Partnership Areas on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii are the focus areas for the RCPP partnership in fiscal year 2016.

FY 2016 RCPP Focus Areas (Maui, Kauai and Hawaii)

For More Information:

Maui Contacts:

Ranae Ganske-Cerizo, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Kahului NRCS Service Center
77 Hookele St, Suite 202, Kahului, HI 96732
Telephone: (808) 871-5500 ext. 107

Kauai Contacts:

Jennifer , District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Lihue NRCS Service Center
3083 Akahi Street, Suite 204, Lihue, HI  96766-1801
Telephone: (808) 245-9014 ext. 101

Hawaii Contacts:

Kori Hisashima, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Hilo NRCS Service Center
154 Waianuenue Ave, Rm 203, Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: (808) 933-8353

Matthew Wung, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Waimea NRCS Service Center
67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite H148, Kamuela, HI 96743
Telephone: (808) 885-6602  ext. 106

Jessica Schmelz, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Kealakekua NRCS Service Center
81-948 Waena Oihana Loop, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Telephone: (808) 322-2484 ext. 109

Application Signup Deadlines and Application Ranking Periods:

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, however, an application period is established for purposes of evaluation, ranking, and funding decisions when received by the specified application cutoff period(s).  All eligible “High” priority applications received by the application cutoff will be ranked.  “Low” priority applications will not be ranked.  Ask your NRCS representative if other options are available.

Application Cutoff Periods

Application Form and Screen Criteria Worksheet:

All eligible applications received by the application cutoff will be screened and an application priority determined using the FY2016 RCPP-EQIP Screening Criteria Worksheet. Ask your NRCS representative for options if you have a “Low” priority application for RCPP-EQIP.

Ranking Summary:

All eligible applications with a “High” application priority will be ranked using the FY 2016 RCPP-EQIP Ranking Summary.

  • FY 2016 RCPP-EQIP Ranking Summary * Under Construction

Practice Payment Schedule:

Applications that are selected for funding will receive payment rates according the Practice Payment Schedule (PPS) for eligible practices as specified in the conservation plan.  The PPS includes payments for both standard and historically underserved clients.  The historically underserve rates are designated by “HU” on the PPS.

Additional Information:

Website Links:

FY 2015 RCPP Focus Areas

FY 2015 RCPP Focus Areas

FY 2015 Practice Payment Schedule

Pacific Islands Area RCPP Contacts:

Nicola Giardina
State Office Resource Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155
Email: nicola.giardina@hi.usda.gov