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Regional Conservation Partnership Program


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The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.

RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs – the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP; and in certain areas the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program. Under RCPP, eligible producers and landowners of agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland may enter into conservation program contracts or easement agreements under the framework of a partnership agreement. Producers and landowners can contact a partner directly about participation in a project, or contact a local NRCS office for information about existing projects.  North Carolina NRCS will post announcements to our NEWS Feed when program applications from landowners are being sought for specific RCPP project areas. 

RCPP projects are selected through a competitive process. Conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts and universities can submit project applications for RCPP  consideration. Open solicitations for RCPP projects can happen throughout the year. RCPP project application announcements will be announced threw our NEWS Feed

RCPP Ad Short CutGeneral Information: The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

Program Overview

USDA Invests $225 Million in Innovative Conservation PartnershipsFor Partners:  NRCS co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area.

RCPP Overview for Partners

How to Apply for Partners
RCPP partner Solutions Publication CoverBy 2018, NRCS and our partners, including Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, private industry, water districts, universities and many others, will have invested at least $2.4 billion through RCPP, which was created by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Learn More about RCPP National and State Approve Projects
A group recently toured a RCPP project area in the Coastal Headwaters Forest. Photo by The Conservation Fund.In 2017, NRCS is investing up to $225 million in 88 projects that impact nearly every state in the nation, including three in North CarolinaSince 2014, NRCS has invested more than $825 million in 286 high-impact projects, bringing together more than 2,000 conservation partners who have invested an additional $1.4 billion. By 2018, NRCS and partners will have invested at least $2.4 billion. These projects are leading to cleaner and more abundant water, better soil and air quality, enhance wildlife habitat, more resilient and productive agricultural lands and stronger rural economies. Learn More about RCPP Projects in North Carolina



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The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species, improve plant and animal biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration. More on HFRP.


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