NRCS uses Landscape Conservation Initiatives to accelerate the benefits of voluntary conservation programs, such as cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat.
Landscape and conservation initiatives enable NRCS to more effectively address priority natural resource concerns by delivering systems of practices, primarily to the most vulnerable lands within geographic focus areas.
Through targeted funds, cooperation with partners and locally led efforts, NRCS is able to utilize landscape initiatives to address landscape-scale natural resource concerns, such as species conservation and water quality, that transcend farm, county, and state boundaries.
Conservation initiatives create specialty funding pools to help famers implement priority conservation practices on their land address resource concerns related to soil, water and air quality, energy consumption, wildlife habitat and climate-smart agricultural practices.
Landscape Initiatives in Indiana
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Indiana GLRI Priority Watersheds include:
* St. Marys
* St. Joseph - Maumee
* Upper Maumee
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative
Indiana MRBI Priority Watersheds include:
* Big Walnut
* Kessinger Ditch
* Middle Wabash Deer
* Treaty Creek
* Buckhorn and Little Pigeon Creeks
National Water Quality Incentive
Indiana NWQI watersheds include:
* Black River
* Eagle Creek
* Muncie Creek
* Upper Blue Sinking
* Lake Wawasee
Source Water Protection
The 2018 Farm Bill added a provision providing for the protection of source water through targeted conservation practices. See the map below for the high priority areas in Indiana targeted for water quality improvements:
Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative
Indiana WLEB watersheds include:
- St Joseph
- Upper Maumee
- St. Mary's
Conservation Initiatives in Indiana
CSP Grasslands Conservation Initiative
This new initiative assists producers in protecting grazing land uses; conserving and improving soil, water and wildlife resources; and achieving related conservation values by conserving eligible land through grassland conservation contracts. Eligible lands are limited to cropland for which base acres have been maintained under FSA’s ARC/PLC and were planted to grass or pasture, including idle or fallow, during a specific period. Enrolled acreage must be managed consistently with a grassland conservation plan. Producers will have a single opportunity to enroll eligible land in a five-year contract.