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2016 

2016 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 178KB)

2012

2011 Conservation Stewardship Program Materials

Through CStP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland - a new land use for the program - and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.

The New Hampshire state resource priorities for this program are:  animal, energy, plant, water quality and soil quality (agricultural land) or soil erosion (non-industrial private forest land).  The CSP program in NH is state-wide.

2011 Conservation Program Activity List and Job Sheets

Download the Conservation Program Activity List (95KB, pdf), to identify new activities you may be interested in to install or adopt.

An "Enhancement" is a conservation activity used to treat natural resources and greatly improve conservation performance.

Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity which exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern.

Enhancements directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard.

A "Bundle" is a group of specific enhancements which when installed as a group, addresses resource concerns synergetically.  

The following links lead to Enhancement Activity Job Sheets. Each Job Sheet is a complete description of the activities summarized the Conservation Program Activity List:
 

Animal Enhancements
ANM02 - Defer Crop Production on Temporary and Seasonal Wetlands (81KB, pdf)
ANM04 - Extend Existing Filter Strips for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (74KB, pdf)
ANM05 - Extending Riparian Forest Buffers for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (90KB, pdf)
ANM06 - Extending Existing Riparian Herbaceous Cover for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (73KB, pdf)
ANM07 - Extending Existing Field Borders for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (73KB, pdf)
ANM08 - Improve the plant diversity and structure of non-cropped areas for wildlife food and habitat (84KB, pdf)
ANM09 - Grazing Management to Improve Wildlife Habitat (117KB, pdf)
ANM11 - Patch-burning to enhance wildlife habitat (66KB, pdf)
ANM13 - Non-forested Riparian Zone Enhancement for Fish and Wildlife (261KB, pdf)
ANM14 - Riparian Forest Buffer, Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Habitat (84KB, pdf)
ANM15 - Forest Stand Improvement for Habitat and Soil Quality (216KB, pdf)
ANM19 - Wildlife Corridors (139KB, pdf)
ANM22 - Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats (68KB, pdf)
ANM24 - Upland forest wildlife structures (77KB, pdf)
ANM25 - Stockpiling of forages to extend the grazing season (127KB, pdf)


Plant Enhancements
ANM03 - Incorporate Native Grasses and/or Legumes into 15% or more of the forage base (86KB, pdf)

PLT01 - Establish Pollinator Habitat (84KB, pdf)
PLT06 - Renovation of a Windbreak, Shelter Belt or Hedgerow for Wildlife Habitat (151KB, pdf)
PLT07 - Hardwood Crop Tree Release (105KB, pdf)
PLT08 - Habitat Development for Beneficial Insects for Pest Management (74KB, pdf)

PLT10 - Intensive Management of Rotational Grazing Enhancement (70KB, pdf)
PLT11 - Conifer Crop Tree Release (134KB, pdf)


NH State Supplement: Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) - Supplemental payment activity - CCR99 (92KB, pdf)
 

Soil Erosion Enhancements
SOE01 - Continuous No Till with High Residue (63KB, pdf)
SOE03 - Continuous No Till (Organic System) (97KB, pdf)

 

Soil Quality Enhancements
SQL02 - Continuous Cover Crops (104KB, pdf)
​SQL04 - Use of Cover Crop Mixes (94KB, pdf)
SQL05 - Use of Deep Rooted Crops to Break up Soil Compaction (130KB, pdf)
SQL06 - Conversion of cropped land to grass-based agriculture for biomass or forage production and wildlife habitat (188KB, pdf)
 

Water Quality Enhancements
ANM04 - Extend Existing Filter Strips for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (74KB, pdf)
ANM05 - Extending Riparian Forest Buffers for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat
(90KB, pdf)

ANM06 - Extending Existing Riparian Herbaceous Cover for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (73KB, pdf)
ANM07 - Extending Existing Field Borders for Water Quality Protection and Wildlife Habitat (73KB, pdf)

WQL01 - Biological Suppression and Other Non-chemical Techniques to Manage Brush and Invasive Species (75KB, pdf)
WQL02 - Biological Suppression and Other Non-chemical Techniques to Manage Herbaceous Weeds and Invasive Species (88KB, pdf)
WQL04 - Plant Tissue Testing and Analysis to Improve Nitrogen Management (95KB, pdf)

WQL06 - Apply Controlled Release Nitrogen Fertilizer (65KB, pdf)
WQL08 - Apply Split Applications of Nitrogen Based on a Pre-Sidedress Nitrogen Test on Cropland (97KB, pdf)
WQL10 - Plant a cover crop that will scavenge residual nitrogen (75KB, pdf)
WQL13 - High Level Integrated Pest Management to Reduce Pesticide Environmental Risk (1354KB, pdf)

WQL18 - Non-Chemical Livestock Pest Control (71KB, pdf)
WQL21 - NH State Supplement:  Integrated Pest Management for Organic Farming (1290KB, pdf)

FRD01 - On Farm Research and Demonstration (67BD, pdf)

CSP Enhancements

 

How Do I Apply?

 

2010 Conservation Stewardship Program Materials

Through CSP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland, a new land use for the program and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.

Application and Eligibility Documents

The New Hampshire state resource priorities for this program are:  animal, energy, plant, water quality and soil quality (agricultural land) or soil erosion (non-industrial private forest land).  The CSP program in NH is state-wide.

Additional information on CSP, including eligible watersheds and a CSP self-assessment workbook are available on-line below. Farmers may also call or visit their local NRCS office; New Hampshire locations are listed here.

The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.

CSP offers participants two possible types of payments:

  1. Annual payment for installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities
  2. Supplemental payment for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

CSP Interim Final Rule (PDF, 134KB)
CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 44KB)
Payment Range Estimates
(PDF, 29KB August 17, 2009)
NH Resource Conserving Crops (PDF, 42KB May, 2010)
The Organic Crosswalk (PDF, 48KB September 10, 2009)

2009 CSP Self-Screening Checklist and Activity Sheet

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

2009 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 98KB)

2009 Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List (PDF, 98KB)

2009 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets

"Enhancement" means a type of conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity that exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern, and those directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard. 

Looking for more information on CSP?

Please visit the national CSP website for general information about the program and some frequently asked questions.

Archived 2008 Materials

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

2008 CSP Payment Schedule
2008 CSP New Hampshire Designated Watershed
2008 CSP Self Assessment Workbook
Towns in Ashuelot River Watershed

Archived 2007 Materials

CSP was not funded in 2007. These documents require Adobe Acrobat.

FY 2007 NH Designated CSP Watershed Map

Archived 2006 Materials

2006 Selections for the NH Conservation Security Program

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

2006 NH CSP New Practice Payment List
2006 NH CSP Stewardship and Existing Practice Payment List (Upper Androscoggin)
2006 NH CSP Stewardship and Existing Practice Payment List (Lower Androscoggin)
2006 NH CSP Enhancement Payment List
FY 2006 Self-Assessment Workbook

 

Archived 2005 NH CSP Watershed Information