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About RCPP

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. 

NRCS implements RCPP conservation program contracts and easement agreements through four existing NRCS programs authorities.  

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.

Benefits

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 RCPP, 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.  The Secretary of Agriculture may also designate up to eight critical conservation areas to focus RCPP assistance.

Funding

Funding for RCPP is allocated to projects in three different categories.

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Critical Conservation Areas

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

National

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

State

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

North Dakota's Priorities

North Dakota's priorities are:

  • Water Quality Degradation
  • Soil Quality Degradation
  • Soil Erosion
  • Excess Water
  • Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife
  • Livestock Production Limitations
  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Air Quality
  • Insufficient Water

Eligibility

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.  RCPP assistance is also available independent of a partner if the land is located either in a partner project area or in a critical conservation area designated by the Secretary. 

Learn more about how to apply.

More Information

Contact

Todd C. Hagel, ASTC (Programs)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ph: (701) 530-2004
Fax: (701) 530-2110
Todd.Hagel@nd.usda.gov
 

Contact

Jill Howard, ASTC (Partnership Coordinator)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ph: (701) 530-2073
Fax: (701) 530-2110
Jill.Howard@nd.usda.gov