Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Program Website: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/mt/programs/farmbill/rcpp/

About The Program

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation. It offers new opportunities for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to harness innovation, welcome new partners to the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation. RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Through RCPP, NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.

Eligible partners include agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education. Eligible participants including producers and landowners of agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland may enter into conservation program contracts or easement agreements under the framework of a partnership agreement.

Conservation program contracts and easement agreements are implemented through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) or the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). NRCS may also utilize the authorities under the Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, other than the Watershed Rehabilitation Program, in designated critical conservation areas.

Montana’s priorities are:

  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Grazingland Health
  • Soil Health
  • Salinity
  • Forest Health
Contact Info

Maureen Meagher Program Specialist (ACEP-WRE) maureen.neagher@mt.usda.gov | (406) 587-6748

Agency Contacts

Lisa McCauley Director
lisa.mccauley@mt.usda.gov | 406-587-6970

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