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Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

The Agricultural Act of 2014 repealed authority for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Program (CCPI) but created  the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) which, like CCPI, offers program assistance through partner agreements.

 For more information on RCPP, please visit the RCPP web page.

Introduction

The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) was a voluntary conservation initiative that enabled the use of certain conservation programs along with resource of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

After announcement, eligible producers located in an approved project area were able to submit an application for any of the following available programs:

Under CCPI, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entered into partnership agreements with eligible entities that wanted to enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands. The Secretary of Agriculture  delegated the authority for CCPI to the NRCS Chief.

Program Description

As allowed by the 2008 Farm Bill (2008 Act), NRCS may make Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) program resources available to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands who are located in an approved CCPI project area.
As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program to partners. This is a program whereby partners with approved projects will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to help enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural lands and private nonindustrial private forest lands. One purpose of CCPI is to leverage resources of certain Federal government programs along with services and resources of non-Federal partners to implement natural resource conservation practices.

Proposals submitted by eligible partners are evaluated and competitively ranked for consideration of NRCS program to support the project. The RFP published to the Federal Register outlines the process and requirements partners must use to submit proposals and CCPI requirements. The RFP also provides details regarding which programs are offered and funding availability each fiscal year.

Specific program information may be found at each of the programs websites: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Nationally Approved CCPI Projects From Previous Years

Fiscal Year 2011 National CCPI Selected Projects    (PDF, 61KB)

Fiscal Year 2011 CBWI-CCPI Recommended Projects [ HTML | PDF, 47KB ]

Fiscal Year 2010

Fiscal Year 2009