USDA Updates RCPP Announcement to Clarify Forestry Eligibility

Clint Thompson Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Proposal deadline for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program extended to November 30

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today re-posted a revised Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding announcement, inviting potential conservation partners to submit project proposals for federal funding. NRCS will award up to $360 million to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

The original announcement had stated that “Forest land eligibility does not encompass industrial forest lands that are owned by companies, organizations, and individuals who engage in commercially oriented forest management and production activities.”  NRCS has removed this language, which partners may have interpreted as limiting opportunities for RCPP projects on forest lands where eligible activities would help achieve conservation benefits.

NRCS has also extended the proposal deadline to Nov. 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.  To learn more about the opportunity for funding, read the August 6th announcement, and for more information on how to apply, view the Application for Program Funding on