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USDA announces 2022 application ranking date for the RI Statewide Natural Systems Demonstration Project

Diane Petit, Public Affairs Officer

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

January 14th, 2022 is the sign-up deadline

WARWICK, RI, September 30, 2021 –- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages farmers and forestland owners to sign up for conservation assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) as part as the Rhode Island Statewide Natural Systems Demonstration Project.

RCPP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and forestland owners to address natural resource concerns through an array of conservation practices. This demonstration project will have three focus areas:

Eastern Rhode Island (Bristol and Newport counties)Funding will be used to implement a suite of natural system-based approaches including floodplain restoration and riparian buffer restoration to reduce impacts, erosion, sediment transport and nutrient loading into surface water.

Northern Rhode Island (Providence County)Funding will be used to implement a suite of natural systems-based approaches including green infrastructure improvements, riparian buffers, and stream corridor restoration to protect water quality in an inland, forested watershed.

Southern Rhode Island (Kent and Washington counties)Funding be used to implement suite of natural system-based approaches including green infrastructure to protect water quality in a coastal saltwater pond.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, however, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by January 14, 2022 to ensure their application is considered in the 2022 fiscal year ranking period.  For more information on available programs, the application process, and natural resource priorities, visit the Rhode Island NRCS website at  

“Through the RCPP program, NRCS and our partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.,” said Phou Vongkhamdy, State Conservationist for NRCS in Rhode Island. “Assistance is available to support private landowners and managers in addressing farm, field, forest, and/or water, management issues.”

RCPP encourages partner organizations 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. Partner’s leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved. 

NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with conservation districts and the people of Rhode Island to improve and protect soil, water, and other natural resources. 

For more information, contact your local conservation district or NRCS at: 

Eastern RI Conservation District
Serving Newport and Bristol counties

Northern RI Conservation District
Serving Providence County

Southern RI Conservation District
Serving Kent and Washington counties

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, RI 02886