Pacific Islands Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Pacific Islands Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


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.

Highlights and Announcements

    ●  New CSP Fact Sheet (PDF, 44 KB, 08/07/2009)
    ●  CSP Interim Final Rule (PDF, 134 KB, 07/29/2009)
        - Public Comment period is open until September 28, 2009.

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
CSP Self-Screening Checklist And Activity List

    ●  2009 Conservation Stewardship Self-Screening Checklist (PDF, 98 KB)
    ●  2009 Conservation Stewardship Program Activity List (PDF, 34.5 KB)

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.

PIA Priority Resource Concerns

Agricultural Land (including Cropland, Pastureland, Rangeland)

  • Plants
  • Soil Erosion
  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quality

Nonindustrial Private Forestland (NIPF)

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Soil Quality
  • Water Quality

Resource Conserving Crops

    ●  Pacific Islands Area Resource Conserving Crops (PDF; 10 KB)

Additional Documents

    ●  Public Meetings Stewardship (PPT, 711 KB)
    ●  CSP Kick Off (PPT, 470 KB)

Pacific Islands Area CSP Contacts:

Michael Whitt
CSP Program Manager
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 153

Dennis Kimberlin
Assistant Director for Programs
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 149

Contact Pacific Islands Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

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Pacific Islands Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is not employed by or affiliated with the Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.

Contact Pacific Islands Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Michael Whitt
Program Manager
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 153


Service Area

National Program

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