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National Projects

National project applications should further the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and other related resources. Applications that address multi-state resource concerns, and those that provide detail on how specific resource objectives will be monitored to assess outcomes, will be given priority under the national funding pool.

Young Forest Initiative2017 NY Young Forest RCPP Map

July 21, 2017 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Young Forest Initiative Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Lead Partner: Wildlife Management Institute

Number of Partners: 12

Participating States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire (lead state), New York, Rhode Island and Vermont

Purpose: This project will help increase technical and financial assistance to non-industrial private forestland owners who implement practices outlined in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program that result in an increase in the quantity and quality of young forest habitats. This support is critical, since young forest habitat is necessary to meet the critical needs of several recognized at-risk species.

2017 RCPP Young Forest Initiative - Payment Schedule (.PDF)
RCPP Young Forest Initiative - Ranking Tool (.PDF)
RCPP Young Forest Initiative - Core and Supporting Practices (.PDF)

Watershed Agriculture Council (WAC)

2017 NY WAC RCPP Map

June 16, 2017 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Watershed Ag Council Regional Conservation Partnership Program.  

The Watershed Agricultural Program (WAP) is a conservation partnership that develops and maintains Whole Farm Plans on active farms within the NYC water supply watersheds.  Currently, there are 298 farms are in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds that are participating in the WAP and are the focus of this project. Partners will work with the WAP farmers to accelerate implementation of conservation practices for the purpose of protecting surface water quality for the 9 million consumers of the NYC Water Supply. EQIP funds will allow additional water quality protection measures that address agricultural waste management to be implemented, while also assisting NYC with meeting federal and state regulatory requirements associated with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

2017 RCPP Watershed Agriculture Council - Payment Schedule (.PDF)

Upper Susquehanna Agricultural BMP Implementation

July 21, 2017 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Upper Susquehanna Agricultural BMP Implementation Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Lead Partner: Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District

Number of Partners: 2

Participating State(s): New York

Since agriculture has been identified as a major source sector of nutrients and sediment, it’s critical that farms in the Upper Susquehanna River watershed need to adapt and implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce their environmental impacts. This project will address nutrient reductions and water quality improvements locally by increasing landowner enrollment in USDA EQIP conservation program and by installing conservation practices that will address local, state and national water quality objectives.

2017 RCPP Upper Susquehanna Agricultural BMP Implementation - Payment Schedule (.PDF)
RCPP EQIP Upper Susquehanna Agricultural BMP Implementation - Ranking Tool (.PDF)
RCPP EQIP Upper Susquehanna Agricultural BMP Implementation - Prioritization Screening Tool (.PDF)

Delaware River Working Lands Conservation Protection Partnership Program

July 21, 2017 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Delaware River Working Lands Conservation Protection Partnership Program.

The following New York counties are participating in this program. Click on your county to go to the Payment Schedule and Ranking Tool page.

Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster

Partnering States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware

Purpose: The Delaware River Watershed Working Lands Conservation and Protection Partnership (Partnership) will address three resource concerns in the Poconos-Kittatinny/Common Waters watershed cluster. The primary concern is water quality degradation from excess loading of nutrients, sediment and pathogens from private agricultural lands that threaten drinking water resources in major population centers. Learn more about this partnership.

RCPP EQIP Prioritization Worksheet
RCPP Delaware River Ranking Tool
2017 RCCP Delaware River Payment Schedule with Caps

Contact Information

Suzanne Treyger
Forest Program Manager, Audubon New York
Email: Suzanne Treyger
Phone: 607-254-2122

The Catskill Forest Association, Inc.
43469 State Highway 28
PO Box 336
Arkville, New York 12406
Phone: 845-586-3054
Email: The Catskill Forest Association

Lake Champlain Regional Conservation Partnership Program

RCPP 2016 Lake Champlain map
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September 15, 2017 has been set as the application cut-off date for the Lake Champlain Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Partnering States: New York and Vermont

Purpose: This project objectives and actions will include practices that address runoff from farm fields, farmsteads and production areas, forest land runoff and erosion, wetland restoration, and protection and conservation of critical agricultural land. Learn more about this partnership.

2017 RCPP Lake Champlain - Payment Schedule (.PDF)