Conservation Security Program (CSP) - Colorado


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The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a voluntary stewardship program that provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life, and other conservation purposes on Tribal and private working lands.

Funding Interests

Through CSP, producers who have property located in Colorado's CSP priority watershed may be eligible to apply for 2006 funding and enrollment.  Priority watersheds were selected based on the following criteria: 

  • wide variety of land uses and input intensities; 
  • high-priority resource issues to be addressed; 
  • history of good land stewardship; and 
  • availability of technical tools and staff. 

Geographic Focus

The selected watershed is the Upper Arkansas and John Martin Reservoir.

Types of Support

Technical and Financial

Grant Size

$5000 to $45000

Requirements & Limitations


  • CSP participants must share in the risk of producing crops or livestock on the operation;
  • CSP participants must have control of the land for the life of the CSP contract;
  • Enrolled land must be private agricultural land or tribal land;
  • CSP participants must have completed a form 1026 for wetland and Highly Erodible Land determinations; and
  • All CSP program applicants will be required to have a USDA Identification Number (also referred to as a SCIMS number).
  • Application Process

    Agricultural producers in the selected watersheds will need to complete the following steps: 

    1. Access and Complete the state's Conservation Record Workbook. 
    2. Access and complete the National on-line CSP Self-Assessment Workbook.
    3. Submit an application. 
    4. Schedule a follow-up interview with NRCS who will determine which program tier and enrollment category are available. 

    More information about the Conservation Security Program can be found on the National NRCS website. 


    The sign-up period is from April 18-May 16.

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