Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) was developed by the 2014 Farm Bill. It is a partner-driven, locally led approach to enhancing conservation efforts in a targeted area. It offers new opportunities for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote innovation, gather new partners to the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and worth of voluntary, private land conservation.
With RCPP, partners are in the “driver’s seat” with technical and financial help from NRCS. Partners develop projects that deliver solutions to natural resource challenges. RCPP empowers local organizations and communities to pitch their own projects. This year, NRCS received 265 pre-proposals, and of those, NRCS selected the best of the best to send a full proposal for funding consideration. NRCS funded 84 of those projects this year. The Greater Spokane River Watershed Project was one of two Washington State projects to be selected from the National Pool. The Spokane Conservation District (SCD) is the lead for the Spokane River project and will work side-by-side with NRCS, other conservation partners, and agricultural producers to conserve natural resources. This project will lead to cleaner and more abundant water, healthier soil, enhanced wildlife habitat and many other benefits.
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