Conservation Security Program (CSP) - Oregon

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Purpose

The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a voluntary 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

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is implementing CSP on a watershed basis. Focusing on high priority watersheds will allow NRCS to provide quality service to more applicants than if the program was implemented nationwide. 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
  • availability of technical tools and staff

Geographic Focus

The Oregon 2008 selected watershed is the McKenzie Watershed.

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

    Producers with the majority of their land inside these watershed boundaries have met the first criteria for eligibility in this program. Producers must fill out a self-assessment to apply for the program. In addition, producers need to provide records of their conservation work. Oregon has developed a Conservation Records book to assist with organizing records for the program.

    Deadlines

    The 2008 sign-up period is April 18-May 16.

    Comments

    To help you decide if CSP is right for you, NRCS is holding CSP informational workshops in the McKenzie Watershed: CSP Informational Workshops

    • Tuesday, April 15 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 17 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, April 21 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, April 21 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    The workshops will be held at: McKenzie Fire & Rescue Training Center 42869 McKenzie Hwy Leaburg, OR To register for a workshop or to arrange special accommodations for workshop attendees, contact: Tangent NRCS Office: (541) 967-5925 ext. 3 Eugene NRCS Field Office: (541) 465-6443 ext. 3 If you decide to apply for CSP, you will need to also attend a CSP self assessment workshop at a later date. During the self-assesxment workshop, NRCS personnel will help you navigate the CSP application process.

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