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Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address

Successful RCPP projects embody the following core principles:

  • Impact—RCPP applications must propose effective and compelling solutions that address one or more natural resource priorities to help solve natural resource challenges. Partners are responsible for evaluating a project’s impact and results.
  • Partner Contributions—Partners are responsible for identifying any combination of cash and in-kind value-added contributions to leverage NRCS’s RCPP investments. It is NRCS’s goal that partner contributions at least equal the NRCS investment in an RCPP project. Substantive partner contributions are given priority consideration as part of the RCPP application evaluation criteria. 
  • Innovation—NRCS seeks projects that integrate multiple conservation approaches, implement innovative conservation approaches or technologies, build new partnerships, and effectively take advantage of program flexibilities to deliver conservation solutions.
  • Partnerships and Management—Partners must have experience, expertise, and capacity to manage the partnership and project, provide outreach to producers, and quantify the environmental outcomes of an RCPP project. RCPP ranking criteria give preference to applicants that meaningfully engage historically underserved farmers and ranchers.

Funding

Funding for RCPP is divided evenly between two funding pools.

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Critical Conservation Areas

For projects in eight geographic areas chosen by Secretary of Agriculture. These receive 50 percent of funding. Learn more.

State/Multistate

For projects in a single state or across several states. These receive 50 percent of funding.

Announcement for Program Funding

USDA is now accepting proposals for RCPP Classic projects through November 4, 2020.

Kansas Priorities

Kansas' priorities are:

  • Soil Erosion: Wind Erosion
  • Water Quality Degradation: Nutrients in Surface Water
  • Water Quality Degradation: Nutrients in Ground Water
  • Insufficient Water: Inefficient Use of Irrigation Water
  • Plants: Degraded Plant Condition
  • Fish and Wildlife: Cover/Shelter
  • Fish and Wildlife: Water

Who is Eligible

Partner Eligibility

Eligible organizations interested in partnering with NRCS on conservation projects can develop applications for the RCPP competition. The lead partner for an RCPP project is the entity that submits an application, and if selected for an award is ultimately responsible for collaborating with NRCS to successfully complete an RCPP project.

See the RCPP funding announcement for details about what types of organizations are eligible to apply.  

Producer and Landowner Eligibility

Once NRCS selects a project and executes an RCPP agreement with a lead partner, agricultural producers may participate in an RCPP project in one of two ways. First, producers may engage with project partners and delegate a willing partner to act as their representative in working with NRCS. Second, producers seeking to carry out conservation activities consistent with a RCPP project in the project’s geographic area can apply directly to NRCS.

Land Eligibility

RCPP projects must be carried out on agricultural or nonindustrial private forest land or associated land on which NRCS determines an eligible activity would help achieve conservation benefits (i.e., improved condition of natural resources resulting from implementation of conservation activities).

Eligible conservation activities may be implemented on public lands when those activities will benefit eligible lands as determined by NRCS and are included in the scope of an approved RCPP project.

Kansas Projects

Kansas Practice Payment Rates for FY 2021

Project Area of Eligibility Cutoff Date Additional Documents

Improving Water Quality Through the Implementation of Forestry Practices and the Assessment of Riparian Systems in Kansas' Priority Watersheds (Lead Partner: Kansas State University—Kansas Forest Service)

Surface water reservoirs in Kansas have lost 40 percent of their storage capacity and waterways are experiencing stream bank erosion. By implementing forestry best management practices on 25,000 acres and creating a protection framework for remaining riparian forests in ten high-priority watersheds, this project will help sustain reservoir storage and wildlife habitat, improve the drinking water supply, and increase recreation opportunities. This project also supports the outcomes outlined in the Governor's Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas by sustaining and creating forest riparian conservation near Kansas streams.

Forestry Practices Areas (PDF; 758 KB) Applications accepted on a continuous basis

Forestry Approved Land Uses, Resource Concerns, Conservation Practices, and Ranking Questions (PDF; 155 KB)
Forestry Screening Criteria Worksheet (PDF; 110 KB)

Advanced Irrigation Water Management on the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas (Lead partner: Southwest Groundwater Management District No. 3)

This project will provide producers and crop consultants with telemetry-enabled soil moisture probes, water metering, and evapotranspiration measurement for near real-time monitoring. Implementation of this practice through RCPP will bring conservation and economic gains to producers in southwest Kansas.

Groundwater Management District Areas (PDF; 250 KB) Applications accepted on a continuous basis Irrigation Approved Land Uses, Resource Concerns, Conservation Practices, and Ranking Questions (PDF; 161 KB)
Irrigation Screening Criteria Worksheet (PDF; 114 KB)

Native Grazing Lands Protection in the Plains (Lead partner: The Nature Conservancy)

Native grasslands of the central Great Plains are some of the most majestic yet least conserved landscapes in North America. The project area for this proposed effort encompasses the most intact native grazing lands remaining in Kansas and Oklahoma, which provide critical habitat for a number of rare and sensitive species, including the lesser prairie-chicken. This project aims to prevent habitat fragmentation and conversion to non-grazing uses, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce the spread of invasive species.

Native Grazing Lands Protection Project and Priority Area (PDF; 492 KB) July 17, 2020

Native Grazing Lands Protection Approved Land Uses, Resource Concerns, Conservation Practices, and Ranking Questions (PDF; 195 KB)

Reducing Sedimentation in Doniphan County, Kansas (Lead partner: Doniphan County Conservation District)

This agreement will offer financial assistance to help landowners improve water quality by reducing sedimentation from field drainage areas that are impacting county roadways in Doniphan County, Kansas.

Doniphan County July 17, 2020 Doniphan Approved Land Uses, Resource Concerns, Conservation Practices, and Ranking Questions (PDF; 160 KB)

More Information

RCPP Fact Sheet (PDF, 391KB)

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted

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Matt Meyerhoff