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Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program. Your Goals. Our Assistance.

Conservation Stewardship Program

Apply for CSP
If you are ready to take your conservation efforts to the next level we are here to help. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Specific deadlines are set for ranking and funding opportunities. The application deadline for fiscal year 2018 funding consideration is March 2, 2018. Contact your local NRCS field office for more information.

Applications for Renewal of CSP contracts that were obligated in Fiscal Year 2014 are being accepted now through April 13, 2018.  Renewal applications will be evaluated to determine if they qualify for renewal, and renewal contracts will be obligated between October 1 and December 14, 2018.

Your Stewardship Goals. Our Assistance.

Deirdre-Birmingham-Faces of CSPHave 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, increase 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.

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CSP Enhancements

A CSP enhancement is a conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are designed to maintain or exceed the quality criteria, or stewardship level, for the resource concern. Enhancements tied directly to conservation practices standards exceed the minimum treatment requirements of the standard to address additional criteria or considerations. Conservation practice standards and quality criteria for resource concerns can be found in sections II and III of the Field Office Technical Guide.

To access the CSP Enhancements Activity sheets specific to Washington State, use the “CSP Enhancements Activity Sheet for Washington State” link in the Washington Program Participant Documents listed below.

There is a national enhancement list, and a helpful national page where you can search the enhancement list by landuse. However, not all enhancements listed on the national page are available in Washington. Make sure and cross check the Washington enhancement list to determine if the enhancement on the national list is available in Washington. 

Washington Program Participant Documents

Links for More Program Information on the National CSP Page:

Program Contact

For questions regarding the Washington State Conservation Stewardship Program contact your local NRCS office or:

Sharon Bromiley
Area Program Liaison
USDA  - Natural Resources Conservation Service
316 W. Boone Ave  Suite 370
Spokane, WA  99201