Monarch Conservation Toolbox

Incentive Programs

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) | United States Department Of Agriculture (USDA)

Country
United States

Region
Multiple

Land Use / Land Cover
General Agriculture

Agency Type
Federal

Publication Type
Website/web hub

Original Language
English

Years of Implementation
Ongoing

The USDA NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a program providing direct financial payments and technical assistance to agricultural landowners in partnership with other organizations. Three categories of projects are funded, targeting critical conservation areas (35% of funding), national or multistate projects (40%) and single state projects (25%). NRCS programs, including ACEP, EQIP and CSP, are used to implement projects. Partners apply for funding through NRCS and complete partnership agreements that identify specific activities, agricultural operations, geographies and steps to complete a program.

Projects funded for 2016 that may affect monarch butterfly habitat include “Improving Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies” (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation—NFWF), “Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly Partnership” (Pheasants Forever), “Cropland Cover for Soil Health and Wildlife” (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission), and “Fort Hood Private Lands Conservation Initiative” (Compatible Lands Foundation) (USDA NRCS 2016a).

In total, 199 conservation projects have been funded in 2015 and 2016 (USDA NRCS 2016b). Funding available to individual landowners varies, depending on the NRCS program and any relevant adjustment of terms, and landowners may qualify for funds both under RCPP and other NRCS programs if they apply to eligible lands not currently enrolled in one or the other (USDA NRCS 2016a).

Amount of the Incentive
Dependent on partnership terms and NRCS programs. See each RCPP for details.

Related Institutional Objectives or Targets
US Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill)

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