Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Although applications are accepted throughout the year, the cut-off date for the FY 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding has been extended to Friday, March 13, 2015. 

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. 

Through CSP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to eligible applicants to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land.  CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands, as well as for nonindustrial private forest lands (NIPF) in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas.  The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location.

Some popular enhancements used by the CSP in Rhode Island include: 

  • Creating forest openings to improve hardwood stands
  • Establish pollinator and/or beneficial insect habitat
  • Managing Riparian buffers for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat, and several others

The 2015 program information, application materials, and enhancement activity sheets for CSP are available on the national Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Web site.

A CSP Self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation.  The checklist highlights basics information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations, and potential payments.  It is available from local NRCS offices and at:

CSP Self Screening Checklist

Rhode Island Priority Resource Concerns

The geographic area eligible includes the entire State of Rhode Island.

Agricultural Lands

Nonindustrial Private Forest

Animals Animals
Plants Plants
Soil Erosion Soil Erosion
Water Quality Water Quality
Water Quantity  

For more information contact:

Northern Rhode Island Field Office

Serving Providence County
Justin Tuthill, District Conservationist

Eastern Rhode Island Field Office

Serving Bristol and Newport Counties
Melissa Hayden District Conservationist

Southern Rhode Island Field Office

Serving Kent and Washington counties
John Richard, District Conservationist