CEAP is a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices and programs and develop the science base for managing the agricultural landscape for environmental quality. Project findings will be used to guide USDA conservation policy and program development and help conservationists, farmers and ranchers make more informed conservation decisions.
Assessments in CEAP are carried out at national, regional and watershed scales on cropland, grazing lands, wetlands and for wildlife. The three principal components of CEAP—the national assessments, the watershed assessment studies, and the bibliographies and literature reviews— contribute to building the science base for conservation. That process includes research, modeling, assessment, monitoring and data collection, outreach, and extension education. Focus is being given to translating CEAP science into practice.
CEAP Vision... Enhanced natural resources and healthier ecosystems through improved conservation effectiveness and better management of agricultural landscapes.
CEAP Goal... To improve efficacy of conservation practices and programs by quantifying conservation effects and providing the science and education base needed to enrich conservation planning, implementation, management decisions, and policy.
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A sampling and modeling approach using data from representative crop fields, from the National Resources Inventory, and farmer surveys to estimate impacts of conservation practices on the environment.
An effort to develop a collaborative foundation that facilitates the production and delivery of scientific data to inform conservation decisions affecting wetland ecosystems and the services they provide.
A cooperative effort with the fish and wildlife conservation community involving multiple regional assessments that document habitat condition and biological response to conservation practices and programs at multiple spatial scales.
An effort designed to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices on non-Federal grazing lands in the United States.
Forty-two CEAP watershed studies have been initiated to provide in-depth analysis and quantification of the measurable effects of conservation practices at the watershed scale and enhance our understanding of the effects of conservation in the biophysical setting of a watershed.
These studies are being conducted and/or supported by USDA's Agricultural Research Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Future efforts will include translating this science into practice to better manage agricultural landscapes.
Current literature on conservation programs that documents what is known and not known about the environmental benefits of conservation practices and programs for cropland, fish and wildlife, wetlands, and grazing lands. The National Agricultural Library maintains dynamic bibliographies cataloging studies from 2003 to the present.
A full listing of all CEAP-related documents published to date.
Review CEAP documents by region and assessment via interactive map.
- Wildlife: Conservation Practices Benefit Golden-winged Warblers in Appalachia, December 2016 (PDF; 3.9 MB)
- Wildlife: Developing Guidelines For Promoting Pollinator Services And Shrubland Birds In The Northeast, October 2016 (PDF; 0.8 MB)
- Cropland: Conservation Insight—Reduction in Annual Fuel Use from Conservation Tillage, August 2016 (PDF; 2.5 MB)
- Wildlife: Quantifying the Potential Water Quality Benefits of Agricultural Conservation Practices for Stream Conservation in the Western Lake Erie Basin, August 2016 (PDF; 13.3 MB)
- Wetlands: Effects and Effectiveness of USDA Wetland Conservation Practices in the Mid-Atlantic Region: A Report on the Conservation Effects Assessment Project Mid-Atlantic Regional Wetland Assessment 2008 - 2015, June 2016 (PDF; 9.1 MB)
- Watersheds: Validating the Soil Vulnerability Index for a Claypan Watershed, Catena, April 2016
- Cropland: Effects of Conservation Practice Adoption on Cultivated Cropland Acres in Western Lake Erie Basin, 2003-06 and 2012, April 2016
- Grazing Lands: The National Wind Erosion Research Network: Building a Standardized Long-term Data Resource for Aeolian Research, Modeling and Land Management. Webb et al., Aeolian Research, March 2016 (PDF; 3.1 MB)
- Wildlife: Sage Grouse Initiative Final Report, March 2016 (PDF; 0.8 MB)
- Wetlands: Science Note—Greenhouse Gas Fluxes and Carbon Storage Dynamics in Playa Wetlands: Restoration Potential to Mitigate Climate Change, March 2016 (PDF; 0.4 MB)