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NRCS, N.H. Announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Application Batching Dates

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DOVER, N.H., December 20, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has established the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) application batching dates:

The application batching deadlines for FY 2022 consideration are:  January 21, 2022 and May 20, 2022.

     Applications for the RCPP may be submitted at any time year-round, but eligible applications will be considered for funding in batches based on the date of submittal.
     Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address. NH NRCS has multiple RCPP projects with available funding in FY 2022 that include long term land protection through conservation easements as well as land management activities to improve wildlife habitat and source water protection. Updated ranking criteria, application forms, and other important program information will be posted to the NRCS NH RCPP webpage as available.


NH Source Water Protection Partnership with the Merrimack River Watershed Council

The goals of this RCPP project are to protect high priority source water areas for drinking water, restore habitat for threatened fish and wildlife species, and enhance weather resilience related to flooding and drought. In partnership with the Southeast Land Trust of NH and the Society for Protection of NH Forests, NRCS provides funding to conservation partners to purchase conservation easements on private lands. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy of NH, the Connecticut River Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited, funding is available to implement land management activities to address a variety of resource concerns including aquatic habitat restoration and connectivity, source water protection, and water quality. Interested landowners can learn more by contacting a local NRCS office or the Merrimack River Watershed Council.


Agricultural Land Easements with Upper Valley Land Trust

The goal of this RCPP is to stem the conversion and loss of vitally important agricultural land and forestland while contributing to water quality and soil health protection in the Upper Valley Land Trust’s (UVLT) service area.* This partner-driven effort leverages financial resources by prioritizing protection of eligible land that meets project-specific requirements. Eligible lands include privately owned cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland, and forest lands. All eligible landowners within Upper Valley Land Trust’s service area interested in applying with to RCPP-ALE may contact the Upper Valley Land Trust.

*UVLT service area in Grafton and Sullivan Counties include: Lebanon, Enfield, Grafton, Hanover, Canaan, Orange, Lyme, Dorchester, Orford, Piermont, Haverhill, Bath, Plainfield, Grantham, Cornish, Croydon, Claremont, Newport, Charlestown, and Unity.

 

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