Washington Conservation Stewardship Programupdated: February 2010

Washington Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Introduction

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:

  • Undertaking additional conservation activities; and
  • Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.

CSP is available on Tribal and private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land in all 50 States and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas. The program provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the authority for CSP to the NRCS Chief.

Program Description

Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest lands, agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary.

CSP encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land. The NRCS will make CSP available nationwide on a continuous application basis.

The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Committee and local work groups, will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for a State, or the specific geographic areas within a State. Applications will be evaluated relative to other applications addressing similar priority resource concerns to facilitate a competitive ranking process among applicants within a State who face similar resource challenges.

The entire operation must be enrolled and must include all eligible land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.

CSP offers participants two possible types of payments:

  1. Annual payment for installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities
  2. Supplemental payment for the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations

The State Conservationist, in consultation with the State Technical Committee and local work groups, will focus program impacts on natural resources that are of specific concern for a State, or the specific geographic areas within a State. Applications will be evaluated relative to other applications addressing similar priority resource concerns to facilitate a competitive ranking process among applicants within a State who face similar resource challenges.

Organic Production

CSP is also available to assist producers with a transition to organic production.
The following two documents describe this opportunity in detail.
Organic Crosswalk (PDF; 567 KB)
Contribution to Organic Transitioning  (PDF; 45KB)

Washington Priorities

Priority Resource Concerns      (PDF; 15KB)
Geographic Area Boundaries    (PDF; 594KB) 

2009 CSP Self-Screening Checklist And Activity Sheet

2009 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist    (PDF, 98KB)
2009 Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List    (PDF, 34KB)

2009 Enhancement Activity Job Sheets

"Enhancement" means a type of conservation activity used to treat natural resources and improve conservation performance. Enhancements are installed at a level of management intensity that exceeds the sustainable level for a given resource concern, and those directly related to a practice standard are applied in a manner that exceeds the minimum treatment requirements of the standard. 

Enhancement activity job sheets are available for the following resource concerns: Air Quality, Animal, Energy, Plants, Soil Erosion, Soil Quality, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Special Projects.

State Specific Enhancement Requirements

CSP Duplicate Practice List    (XLS; 56KB)

ANM02 - Defer crop production on temporary and seasonal wetlands   (DOC; 29KB)  Updated 1/14/10
ANM03 - Incorporate native grasses and or legumes into 15% or more of the forage base    (DOC;37KB)
ANM04 - Extend existing filter strips for water quality protection and wildlife habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM05 - Extend existing riparian forest buffer s for water quality and protection and wildlife habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM06 - Extend existing riparian herbaceous buffers for water quality protection and wildlife habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM07 - Extend existing field borders for water quality protection and wildlife habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM08 - Improve the plant diversity and structure of non-cropped areas for wildlife food and habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM09 - Grazing management to improve wildlife habitat  (DOC; 29KB)
ANM11 - Patch-burning to enhance wildlife habitat  (DOC; 29KB)
ANM13 - Non-forested Riparian zone enhancement for Fish and Wildlife  (DOC; 29KB)
ANM14 - Riparian Forest Buffer, Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
ANM15 - Forest Stand Improvement for Habitat and Soil Quality  (DOC; 32KB)
ANM19 - Wildlife Corridors  (DOC; 29KB)

CCR99 - Resource conserving crops and rotations    (PDF; 15KB)

PLT01 - Establish Pollinator Habitat  (DOC; 30KB)
PLT06 - Renovation of Windbreak for Wildlife  (DOC; 29KB)
PLT08 - Habitat developed for beneficial insects    (DOC; 35KB)

SOE01 - Continuous no-till with high residue    (DOC; 30KB)
SOE03 - Continuous no-till organic system    (DOC; 31KB)

SQL02 - Continuous cover crops    (DOC; 31KB)
SQL04 - Use of cover crop mixes    (DOC; 31KB)
SQL05 - Use of deep rooted crops to reduce compaction    (DOC; 30KB)

WQL01 - Biological suppression and other non-chemical techniques to manage brush    (DOC; 28KB)
WQL02 - Biological suppression and other non-chemical techniques to manage herbaceous weeds    (DOC; 222KB)
WQL04 - Plant tissue testing and analysis to improve nitrogen management    (DOC; 40KB)
WQL06 - Apply controlled release nitrogen fertilizer    (DOC; 35KB)
WQL08 - Use pre-side dress N test with split application of N    (DOC; 33KB)
WQL10 - Plant cover crop that will scavenge residual N    (DOC; 34KB)
WQL13 - High level integrated pest management to reduce pesticide environmental risk    (DOC; 33KB)
WQL20 - Transition to Organic Cropping Systems    (DOC; 32KB) 

Highlights and Announcements

More information can be found on the National NRCS CSP site.

New CSP Fact Sheet     (PDF, 44KB 08/07/2009)
CSP Interim Final Rule   Public Comment period was open until September 28, 2009.    (PDF, 134KB 07/29/2009)
Payment Range Estimates     (PDF, 29KB August 17, 2009)   


Contact Washington Conservation Stewardship Program

Dave Brown
Asst. State Conservationist for Programs
316 W. Boone Ave
Suite 450
Spokane, Washington  99201
Phone: 509.323.2971

 

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