Grassland Reserve Program
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
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Grassland Reserve Program Press Release Announces Program Funding for Rental Contracts Only: 2013 Grassland Reserve Program Press Release
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands on their property. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) coordinate implementation of GRP, which helps landowners restore and protect grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands and provides assistance for rehabilitating grasslands. The program will conserve vulnerable grasslands from conversion to cropland or other uses and conserve valuable grasslands by helping maintain viable ranching operations.
When properly managed, grasslands and shrublands can result in cleaner water, healthier riparian areas, and reduced sediment in streams and other water bodies. These lands are vital for the production of forage for domestic livestock and provide essential habitat elements for maintaining healthy wildlife populations. These lands also improve the aesthetic character of the landscape and provide scenic vistas, open space, recreational opportunities, and soil erosion protection.
GRP At A Glance (PDF; 51 KB) - Program Fact Sheet
GRP Final Rule (PDF; 182 KB) - November 29, 2010
The application process for GRP is under a continuous sign-up and applications are now being accepted at USDA Service Center offices throughout Oklahoma.
Individuals interested in offering land, but unsure if they meet the eligibility requirements or just needing additional information about the program may contact their local NRCS Field Service Centers or FSA office. Applicants must select to enroll under the permanent easement option, or for a rental contract of 10, 15, or 20-year duration. If restoration activities are needed, applicants may request cost-share assistance for specific practices as identified on the list of GRP practices set up for grassland restoration activities. Lands with restoration costs will rank lower than those lands with no restoration work needed.
Conservation easements may now be acquired by eligible entities based on a 50 percent cost-share with the Federal government. Eligible entities are defined as units of State, local or Tribal government or nongovernmental organizations that have a charter describing a commitment to land preservation and conservation, and which have the organizational structure, ability, and funding to acquire, monitor and enforce conservation easements.
The Application Form is available online
Visit the eForms website to search and download the requested form.
USDA Service Center eForms Web Site
Form NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application
Applications from Entities (PDF; 18 KB) Application requirements for easements held by other entities
Statewide Evaluation Criteria Worksheet (PDF; 214 KB) Updated for FY 2013 rankings
Threat from Urban Development/Fragmentation Map (PDF; 279 KB)
Lesser Prairie-Prairie Chicken Evaluation Worksheet (PDF;285 KB) FY 2013
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Current Range Map (261 KB)
Geographical Area Rate Caps for Easements (PDF; 16 KB) Established in 2009, update and approved 10-2-2012 for easement offers
GRP Rental Rates for Contracts (PDF; 15 KB)
GRP Restoration Practice List and Payment Rates (PDF; 272 KB) Rates for restoration for FY 2013
Grassland Reserve Program Activities and Accomplishments - Oklahoma
Activities and Progress Reports
NRCS State Office Contact
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
Email: Richard Zetterberg
Last Reviewed/Modified: 05/20/2013
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