USDA Invites Input on Regional Conservation Partnership Program Rule
Comments accepted through April 13
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which helps partners develop and implement unique conservation solutions that engage farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect on publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.
“Through RCPP, we co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “We look forward to making available this improved, more flexible program to partners.”
The 2018 Farm Bill made RCPP a stand-alone program with its own dedicated funding, simplifying rules for partners and producers. Additionally, the 2018 Farm Bill reduces the number of funding pools and emphasizes partner reporting of conservation outcomes.
The updated program also expands flexibility for alternative funding arrangements with partners and availability of watershed program authorities to projects outside critical conservation areas.
NRCS invites comments on this interim rule through April 13 on the Federal Register. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations.gov under Docket ID NRCS-2019-0012. All written comments received will be publicly available on regulations.gov as well.
NRCS will evaluate public comments to determine whether additional changes are needed. The agency plans on publishing a final rule following public comment review.
Applying for RCPP
Eligible partners include private industry, non-governmental organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts and universities. Leveraging of NRCS funding is a key principle of RCPP. Partners are expected to make value-added contributions to amplify the impact of RCPP funding.
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is accepting applications from municipalities, land trusts, and water companies for the next round of the competitive Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program. June 1, 2020 Deadline
Grants will be awarded to projects that offer the highest conservation and recreational value - and that leverage the greatest percentage of private and municipal funding. Projects are evaluated by statutorily defined parameters and ranked based on their natural resource and recreational value and the site’s value as it relates to climate change resiliency and adaptation.
NOTE that the application has been revised and the scoring sheet is now included in the application package for your reference.
For more information about DEEP's OSWA Program contact Holly Lalime at (860) 424-3081 or Allyson Clarke at (860) 424-3774.
Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program Abstract: The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition (OSWA) Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land ...
The American Chestnut tree was once a dominant tree in the forests of the Appalachian Range, supplying food, wood and other products to early Americans. Since the chestnut blight arrived in 1904 many attempts have been made to develop a hybrid tree that is both blight resistant and capable of surviving in the forests of today. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is working to restore the American chestnut to the forests of Connecticut and is looking for volunteers and landowners who would be willing to help with this project. The Woodstock Agriculture Commission and Conservation Commission will be co-hosting a presentation about TACF's efforts to restore this iconic tree back into our forested landscape. The meeting will be held at the Woodstock Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb 12 at 6:30 PM. Come and learn if your land may be a suitable site for a test plot and if you can be part of the restoration effort.
The Woodstock Town Hall is located at 415 Route 169, Woodstock, CT. Enter the building through the rear entrance.
About UsOur mission is to restore the American Chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Connecticut. The Connecticut Chapter of TACF is a Chartered State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation wi...
Spring is on the way! Celebrate the 5th Annual Spring Outdoors with TLGV. Members and partner organizations are all welcome to host a hike, stroll, paddle, pedal, tour and more! We encourage you to organize family-friendly activities to engage more people in the wonderful offerings of The National Heritage Corridor.
We will update the Spring Outdoors schedule throughout the season, but the sooner you plan your event and get it to us, the more publicity we can give it. Check the Spring Outdoors page often for the latest updates. The first schedule will go up by March 1.
Despite the wet spring, more than 22,000 people participated in Spring Outdoors 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
TOLLAND, CT -- With spring potentially right around the corner, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service wants farmers and forestland owners to know that now is the perfect time to sign up for its conservation programs, including:
• The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which helps eligible producers and private forest landowners with agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.
• The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program, which provides cost share assistance to eligible producers to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.
• The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which helps eligible producers build on existing conservation efforts including improving grazing conditions, increasing crop yields, or developing wildlife habitat.
Although no batching dates have been announced, NRCS is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2020 funded through the 2018 Farm Bill.
To learn more, visit the Connecticut NRCS website, or contact your local USDA Service Center: