2011 Conservation Enhancement and Practice Choices
Terms Conservation enhancementsare available to all CSP participants who are willing to adopt the enhancement on their operation, or who are willing to improve an existing conservation activity so that it fully meets the requirements for the enhancement. Some enhancements apply to all four CSP land use categories -- cropland, pasture, rangeland, or forested land -- though most apply to one or two land use types specifically. For more information, see USDA/NRCS website for CSP at http://nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html.
Regular conservation practices are available to CSP participants who, when they sign-up for the program, are not already meeting or exceeding the stewardship threshold for the three to five priority resource concerns for their state or region and who could use the practice to help meet additional stewardship thresholds.
Conservation baseline activitiesare also scored with similar environmental benefit point values for ranking and payment purposes. Those existing conservation activities are not listed below. More information on those activities can be found on the NRCS website listed above under the heading “Conservation Measurement Tool Inventory Questions” and more information on the point values can be found on the same website under “CMT Scoring Process” and then “CMT Tool Existing Questions Scores”.
Point values are based on the overall level of expected environmental benefits from improvement or adoption of the enhancement or practice for soil conservation, soil quality, water conservation, water quality, air quality, energy conservation, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity, as determined by NRCS using their “conservation practice physical effects (CPPE)” system.
Please note: Conservation enhancements and practices eligible for selection in CSP may change over time, as may point values. We will keep this list updated as changes are made, though there may be a small delay time depending on how quickly we receive the changes from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Listed From Highest Scoring to Lowest Scoring CSP Conservation Enhancements in Regular Typeface
Regular Conservation Practices in Italics Continuing Enhancements and Practices Linked to 2010 Job Sheets
(2011 Versions Should Be Available Online from NRCS Soon) New Enhancements for 2011 Not Yet Linked to Job Sheets
(Should be Available Online from NRCS Soon)
Enhancements and Practices
Environmental Benefit Score
Conversion of Cropped Land to Grass-Based Agriculture for Biomass or Forage Production