Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department is seeking proposals from eligible partners for projects to help owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands improve their natural resources through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Producers can use CCPI to achieve conservation benefits such as clean air and water, productive soils and abundant wildlife.
About $5 million will be made available through CCPI in fiscal year 2010. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will use this initiative to enter into agreements for up to five years with eligible partners interested in enhancing conservation on agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands in specific areas.
To participate in CCPI, potential partners must submit their proposals by close of business on May 27, 2010. Proposals should identify the project area, conservation priorities in the area, the conservation objectives of the project, the number of producers likely to participate, the capabilities and resources offered by the applicant, and a monitoring and reporting plan, among other factors. Individual landowners and operators cannot submit a partner proposal.