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RCPP in Action

Conserving natural resources on a landscape scale is vital to Florida’s critical ecosystems, especially with 1,000 people moving here daily. Protecting large spaces creates corridors and habitat for imperiled wildlife, recharges the aquifer, provides outdoor recreation and helps communities economically. Landowners keep their working land in farms, ranches, and forests instead of being sold for development. They implement conservation practices to protect our water, soil and resources while also producing food for the nation and beyond. 

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) collaborates with a variety of groups to accomplish large-scale conservation through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The program matches funding with partners, which can include businesses, universities, non-profits and local and tribal governments who apply to work on landscape- and watershed-sized projects that are selected on a competitive basis. Local partners bring financial and technical resources to match the USDA funding commitment. Together, NRCS and partners leverage this funding and expertise to work with agricultural producers and landowners to protect natural resources and sustain a robust agricultural sector.

Many of our projects in Florida restore the longleaf pine ecosystem, which is unique to the Southeastern U.S. and the focus of protection and restoration work by NRCS and many other conservation groups. 

Surface to Springs
Telford Spring on the Suwannee River.

Ocala to Osceola Wildlife CorridorA red-cockaded woodpecker brings food to the chicks at Camp Blanding's longleaf pine forest. Red Hills to the CoastRecreational opportunities in the Aucilla and St. Marks River watersheds abound.
Climate Resiliency: Florida, Alabama, GeorgiaThe Flint River flows unimpeded for nearly 220 miles. Gulf of Mexico Forest to SeaMixed hardwood and sawgrass slough drain into the Lower Suwannee River.
Everglades Headwaters Longleaf PineThis project area encompasses 15,000 acres of longleaf forest. Working Lands for Florida PanthersProperly managed panther habitat on rangelands also benefit other listed species.

Coastal Headwaters ForestThe sun rises over Escambia Bay.

Securing Private Working ForestsBald cypress lines the edge of a reservoir the Rafter T Ranch.