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Conservation Stewardship Program

An application cut-off date has been announced and applications will be evaluated in the 2019-1 General and Landscape Conservation Initiative sign-up if they are received by no later than May 10, 2019. 

 

Information on submitting an application can be found here

Wyoming Ranking Pools for General Sign-up

  • Northwest Region: Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs, Fremont, and Washakie counties
  • Southwest Region: Teton, Sublette, Lincoln, Uinta, and Sweetwater counties
  • Northeast Region: Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook, and Weston counties
  • Central Region: Natrona, Converse, Carbon, and Albany counties
  • Southeast Region: Niobrara, Platte, Goshen, and Laramie counties
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland:  Offered statewide

In addition, the program provides opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged producers. Nationally, the program aims to enroll at least five percent of total program acres operated by beginning farmers and ranchers and another five percent operated by socially disadvantaged producers. Beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged producers will have a separate statewide funding pool. For additional information, visit the Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers website.

Ranking Pool Targeted Resource Concerns Ranking Tool

General:

All Regions (statewide) and Historically Underserved Applicants
  • Soil Erosion
  • Insufficient Water
  • Degraded Plant
  • Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat
  • Livestock Production Limitation
Click here for General Ranking Tool. (Excel is needed to view this link.)

Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF):

Statewide

  • Soil Erosion
  • Insufficient Water
  • Degraded Plant
  • Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat
  • Livestock Production Limitation
Click here for NIPF Ranking Tool. (Excel is needed to view this link.)

Landscape Conservation Initiative - Working Lands for Wildlife - Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI):

Statewide

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Fish and Wildlife - Inadequate Habitat
  • Livestock Production Limitation
  • Soil Erosion
  • Soil Quality Degradation
Click here for Sage-Grouse Initiative Ranking Tool. (Excel is needed to view this link.)

 

Map of Ranking Regions 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape Conservation Initiative

In fiscal year 2019, Wyoming will be offering the Working Lands for Wildlife - Sage Grouse Initiative.  For more information on these Initiatives and to see if you are eligible please see below.

CSP - LCI - Working Lands for Wildlife - Sage Grouse Initiative:  The CSP WLFW SGI option encourages agricultural producers to address priority resource concerns for sage grouse in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. Click here for the screening questions for CSP WLFW SGI. 

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.

Please click here for the Wyoming Selected Enhancements and their planning criteria. (Excel is needed to view this link.)

For general information on Activities, Bundles and Practices, click here.

Wyoming Resource Conserving Crop Rotations

A resource conserving crop rotation is a crop rotation that meets the following criteria:

  • Includes at least 1 resource conserving crop
  • Reduces erosion
  • Improves soil fertility and tilth
  • Interrupts pest cycles
  • In applicable areas, reduces depletion of soil moisture

For more information on Resource Conserving Crop Rotations click here.

Application Evaluation

Once your application has been filed the local NRCS conservation planner will have a one-on-one consultation with you to evaluate your current management system and the natural resources on your land using the Conservation Activity Evaluation Tool.  Eligible lands will be identified and the number of resource concerns that are currently meeting and not meeting stewardship thresholds will be determined. 

For information on how CSP applications will be evaluated click here.
 

CSP Payment Rates

  • Existing activity payment  - payment to maintain the existing conservation based on the land uses included in the operation and the number of resource concerns that are meeting the stewardship level at the time of application. Click here to view existing activity payment rates. 
  • Additional activity payment - payment to implement additional conservation activities. Click here for information on Additional Activity Payment rates for Wyoming.
  • Supplemental payment – payment for adopting or improving a resource-conserving crop rotation (optional).

For more information, go to the National CSP website by clicking here.

Contact:
Kresta Faaborg, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 307-233-6757