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Conservation Stewardship Program

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Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.

Have you ever looked across your property and thought about some land management goals you would like to take to the next level? Maybe we can help.

No one knows more about your land than you do, and no one knows more about conservation than we do. Together we can develop a plan tailored to your land and your goals to help you increase productivity and protect the value of your land.

Our Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increases crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can custom design a CSP plan to help you meet those goals.  We can help you schedule timely planting of cover crops, develop a grazing plan that will improve your forage base, implement no-till to reduce erosion or manage forested areas in a way that benefits wildlife habitat.  If you are already taking steps to improve the condition of the land, chances are CSP can help you find new ways to meet your goals.

Sustainable Production

CSP is for working lands. It is the largest conservation program in the United States with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled in CSP. Thousands of people have made the choice to voluntarily enroll in the program because it helps them enhance natural resources and improve their business operation.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved cattle gains per acre
  • Increased crop yields
  • Decreased inputs
  • Wildlife population improvements
  • Better resilience to weather extremes

Through CSP, we can help build your business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of your entire operation. Good land stewardship not only conserves the natural resources on your farm, ranch or forest, it also provides multiple benefits to local communities, including better water and air quality and wildlife habitat, as well as food and fiber.

CSP Application Deadline Date - March 31, 2022

CSP Enhancements

Enhancements are management activities that go above and beyond the minimum conservation practice standard requirements, helping the producer achieve a higher level of conservation. 

2022 CSP Enhancements!

To view the Colorado CSP Enhancements, click on the banner below.

Colorado CSP Enhancements

CSP in Colorado

Ranking Criteria

Ranking Pool

General, SDFR & BFR

Targeted Resource Concerns

Appliable Land Uses

Ranking Questions

Screening Tools

All Colorado

  • Degraded Plant Condition 

  • Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss 

  • Field Pesticide Loss 

  • Livestock Production Limitations  

  • Soil Quality Limitations 

  • Source Water Depletion  

  • Terrestrial Habitat  

  • Wind & Water Erosion  

  • Associated Ag Land

  • Crop (Annual)

  • Crop (Perennial)

  • Farmstead

  • Pasture

  • Range

Statewide Ag Lands

 

Organic and Transition to Organic Production

Degraded Plant Condition

Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogens Loss

Soil Quality Limitations

Wind and Water Erosion

Terrestrial Habitat

  • Associated Ag Land

  • Crop (Annual)

  • Farmstead

  • Pasture

  • Crop (Perennial)

  • Range

OAI

OAI

Sage Grouse Initiative

*TO BE DETERMINED*
  • Associated Ag Land

  • Crop (Annual)

  • Farmstead

  • Pasture

  • Crop (Perennial)

  • Range

SGI

SGI

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

*TO BE DETERMINED*

  • Associated Ag Land

  • Crop (Annual)

  • Farmstead

  • Pasture

  • Crop (Perennial)

  • Range

LPCI

LPCI

Non-Industrial Private Forest

All Colorado

  • Concentrated Erosion  

  • Degraded Plant Condition  

  • Fire Management  

  • Pest Pressure  

  • Soil Quality Limitations  

  • Source Water Depletion  

  • Terrestrial Habitat  

  • Weather Resilience 

  • Associated Ag Land

  • Farmstead

  • Forest

 

NIPF​

 
  1. Colorado Resource Conserving Crop Rotation

  2. Colorado Payment Schedule

  3. Conservation Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200)

 

Contact:

Amber Freouf
CSP Program Manager
Phone: 719-336-3734 Ext. 101

For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Service Center