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NRCS believes in the value of cooperative conservation. Our agency works cooperatively with federal, state, and nonprofit groups that represent a diversity of expertise. Working as partners in conservation, we can extend our reach and put more conservation on the land.

New Jersey Conservation Partnership

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) participates in the New Jersey Conservation Partnership, which jointly provides leadership to the State on conservation issues. As partners, we are interdependent and have independent responsibilities, yet are dependent on each other for successful delivery of programs. The NJ Conservation Partnership includes:

Projects and activities supported by the NJ Conservation Partnership include the NJ Envirothon and the Conservation Poster Contest (Contact your local Soil Conservation District for details.)

Local Work Groups in New Jersey

Local Work Group meetings convene throughout New Jersey to encourage locally-led conservation in New Jersey. The locally led conservation effort is the foundation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) conservation program delivery process. In New Jersey, Local Work Groups coordinate conservation efforts with agricultural producers and conservation partners focusing on resource concerns in the north, central and southern parts of the state.

Partner Employees Extend Our Reach

NRCS has formed partnerships with other agencies and groups to increase the expertise we can offer to help New Jersey landowners address specific resource concerns:

  • Pollinators
  • Wildlife and Wetlands

NJ NRCS Referral Form - Conservation partners are asked to use this form when they have referred a landowner to NRCS. This will send notification to the local office to facilitate a more productive meeting when that landowner calls.

NRCS Works With Other Conservation Partners

Opportunities for Conservation Partnerships through NRCS Programs
Requests for Proposals are announced on the Federal eGrants website.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Opportunities are offered on both the national and State level.  Funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), these grants are awarded for innovative conservation approaches and technologies that enhance and protect resources in conjunction with agricultural production.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) - The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.

Last Update February 1, 2019