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NRCS Investing $8 million in California Partner-Led Project with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Equity in Program Delivery

Contact: Dave Sanden (530) 691-5847Big Springs Creek-Photo Bob Pagliuco

DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2021 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $8 million for a partner-led project in California to address natural resource concerns on private land.

Photo courtesy Bob Pagliuco/NOAA

Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation priorities as well as improving access for historically underserved producers.

The AFA component of RCPP is designed for partners who are thinking outside of the box to address some of our most pressing natural resource challenges. RCPP is a testament to the power of partnership. By combining local expertise, partner resources, federal assistance and a shared commitment to conservation we can advance critical priorities and innovative solutions that are key to addressing the climate crisis.

“I want to congratulate Shasta Valley Farms and Fish Drought Resilience,” said Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist in California. “The partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will support the implementation of a Safe Harbor Agreement designed to improve conditions for threatened coho salmon along 37 stream miles within the Shasta River, a tributary to the Klamath River.”  

As part of this year’s project selections, NRCS prioritized projects that supported smart strategies on working lands to help sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Several projects also had concrete plans for engaging producers from historically underserved communities.

Through RCPP, NRCS works with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to advance conservation priorities on the ground. AFA projects are partner-designed and partner-led RCPP projects that propose innovative uses of program funding to achieve conservation benefits. Through AFA projects, lead partners are responsible for contracting directly with eligible farmers, ranchers and other landowners to implement conservation activities on the ground.

For details on other awarded projects nationwide and to view an interactive map, visit the RCPP website.

More About RCPP AFAs

Farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners in the Shasta Valley interested in RCPP AFA can contact a local service center for more information. 

First authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, RCPP has leveraged partner contributions of more than $1 for every $1 invested by USDA, resulting in nearly $3 billion collectively invested in natural resource conservation on private lands. Partners are expected to offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of RCPP funding in an amount equal or greater to the USDA investment. RCPP projects range from a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $10 million.

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