CSP Application Deadline Extended

NRCS CSP logo.
CSP is a great source of assistance for agricultural and forest landowners.

[Reprinted from Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
has extended the application period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The application period to be considered for funding in 2023 has been extended until March 17, 2023.
It takes time to complete the application so do not wait until the deadline to start your application. Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, those interested in ensuring consideration for 2023 funding should submit applications to their local NRCS office no later than March 17, 2023.
Through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin helps forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production. Are you interested in agroforestry plantings, tree/shrub plantings and some associated enhancements, and forest stand improvement and some associated enhancements? A custom CSP plan can help you meet those goals. Learn more by reading these fact sheets – Is CSP Right for me? and CSP for Forest Land Managers. To learn more about the CSP program find your local NRCS office.
“It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled,” said Eric Allness, the NRCS Acting State Conservationist in Wisconsin.

Other  Sources

CSP is not the only source of cost sharing and other assistance for landowners through the NRCS. The Conservation Reserve Program pays landowners to take marginal agricultural land out of production and use it to conserve wildlife and protect the soil. Their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides cost sharing to complete discrete conservation projects to improve your property.
Our Landowner Assistance page describes a range of federal state and local sources of help.  Whether you want to reduce soil erosion, restore a wetland, attract wildlife habitat, improve your timber stand, or remove invasive plants, there is technical and often financial assistance available.
Check out the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Assocation for more information about they help one another improve the quality of their woodlands.

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