Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)

The Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA) is the program through which the NRCS and its partners provide assistance to land users to address opportunities, concerns, and problems related to the use of natural resources.

This assistance can help land users:

  • Maintain and improve private lands and their management
  • Implement better land management technologies
  • Protect and improve water quality and quantity
  • Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat
  • Enhance recreational opportunities on their land
  • Maintain and improve the aesthetic character of private land
  • Explore opportunities to diversify agricultural operations and
  • Develop and apply sustainable agricultural systems

Although the CTA program does not include financial or cost-share assistance, through CTA clients can develop conservation plans, which may serve as a springboard to participate in USDA financial assistance programs. Assistance may be in the form of resource assessment, practice design, resource monitoring, or follow-up of installed practices.

This voluntary program is delivered to private individuals, groups of decision-makers, tribes, units of governments, and non-governmental organizations. All owners, managers, and others who have a stake and interest in natural resource management are eligible to receive technical assistance from NRCS.

To receive technical assistance, the individual may contact their local NRCS office or conservation district.

How Can I Learn More?

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