Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation. It offers new opportunities for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to harness innovation, welcome new partners to the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary conservation.
The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) top priority is to protect Hawaii’s forest watersheds and the islands fresh water source. Protecting forests improves the water quality of nearby streams and water bodies, reduces soil erosion and agricultural fertilizer runoff into streams and coral reefs, and provides habitat for nearly 317 threatened and endangered species. The main goals are to control invasive species – the main threat to forest watersheds, plant native trees and shrubs to provide diverse wildlife habitat and forest sustainability, erect fencing to exclude non-native hoofed animals (ungulates), and monitor progress.
FY 2016 RCPP Focus Areas (Maui, Kauai and Hawaii)
Watershed Partnership Areas on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii are the focus areas for the RCPP partnership in fiscal year 2016.
For More Information:
Ranae Ganske-Cerizo, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Kahului NRCS Service Center
77 Hookele St, Suite 202, Kahului, HI 96732
Telephone: (808) 871-5500 ext. 107
Jennifer , District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Lihue NRCS Service Center
3083 Akahi Street, Suite 204, Lihue, HI 96766-1801
Telephone: (808) 245-9014 ext. 101
Kori Hisashima, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Hilo NRCS Service Center
154 Waianuenue Ave, Rm 203, Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: (808) 933-8353
Jessica Schmelz, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Kealakekua NRCS Service Center
81-948 Waena Oihana Loop, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Telephone: (808) 322-2484 ext. 109
Application Signup Deadlines and Application Ranking Periods:
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, however, an application period is established for purposes of evaluation, ranking, and funding decisions when received by the specified application cutoff period(s). All eligible “High” priority applications received by the application cutoff will be ranked. “Low” priority applications will not be ranked. Ask your NRCS representative if other options are available.
Application Cutoff Periods
Application Form and Screen Criteria Worksheet:
All eligible applications received by the application cutoff will be screened and an application priority determined using the FY2016 RCPP-EQIP Screening Criteria Worksheet. Ask your NRCS representative for options if you have a “Low” priority application for RCPP-EQIP.
All eligible applications with a “High” application priority will be ranked using the FY 2016 RCPP-EQIP Ranking Summary.
- FY 2016 RCPP-EQIP Ranking Summary * Under Construction
Practice Payment Schedule:
Applications that are selected for funding will receive payment rates according the Practice Payment Schedule (PPS) for eligible practices as specified in the conservation plan. The PPS includes payments for both standard and historically underserved clients. The historically underserve rates are designated by “HU” on the PPS.
FY 2015 RCPP Focus Areas
FY 2015 Practice Payment Schedule
Pacific Islands Area RCPP Contacts:
State Office Resource Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155