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RCPP 2014-2018


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.

Through the program, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas. Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved. 

How It Works

​NRCS implements RCPP conservation program contracts and easement agreements through four existing NRCS programs. Learn more about the programs through the links below.

NRCS also may utilize the authorities under the Watershed and Flood Prevention Program (except for the Watershed Rehabilitation Program) in designated critical conservation areas.

RCPP connects partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement conservation solutions.

These conservation solutions benefit natural resources, agriculture and local economies. 

RCPP projects receive financial awards through one of three funding pools.

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Critical Conservation Areas

For projects in eight geographic areas chosen by the Secretary of Agriculture. These receive 35 percent of funding. Learn more.


For nationwide and multistate projects. These receive 40 percent of funding. 


For projects in a single state. These receive 25 percent of funding. 

Who Is Eligible

Eligible Partners: Agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education.

Eligible Participants: 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.

Successful RCPP projects demonstrate solutions, contributions, innovation and participation

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The Regional Conservation Partnership Program brings together a wide array of local and national partners, including Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, private industry, conservation districts, water districts, universities and many others. So far, more than 2,000 partners are engaged in locally-led conservation efforts through RCPP.

The most successful RCPP projects share four common characteristics. They innovate, leverage additional contributions, offer impactful solutions and engage more participants.

In our RCPP publication, read about just a few of the many successful RCPP projects underway that are changing communities and conservation across the country. Download our RCPP: Partner-led Solutions publication.

RCPP Projects - Partnering for Conservation Solutions: 2014 - 2018

RCPP 2014-2018 Project Summaries (PDF, 797 KB)

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For more information, contact your local USDA service center. Learn more about how to get started with NRCS.