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USDA extends Regional Conservation Partnership Program proposal deadline to Nov. 30th

Diane Petit, Public Affairs Officer

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Forestry eligibility clarified

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has re-posted a revised Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding announcement, inviting potential conservation partners to submit project proposals for federal funding. NRCS will award up to $360 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. NRCS has extended the proposal deadline to November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern

Also, the original announcement had stated that “Forest land eligibility does not encompass industrial forest lands that are owned by companies, organizations, and individuals who engage in commercially oriented forest management and production activities.”  NRCS has removed this language, which partners may have interpreted as limiting opportunities for RCPP projects on forest lands where eligible activities would help achieve conservation benefits.

To learn more about the opportunity for funding, read the August 6th announcement, and for more information on how to apply, view the Application for Program Funding on