On January 13, 2020, the National Association of State Foresters submitted comments on the USDA’s proposed rule changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) put forth in response to amendments approved in the 2018 Farm Bill.
In its comments, NASF noted its appreciation for increases in CSP authorized funding through 2023.
We also appreciate that forestland owners’ project proposals will continue to be ranked in separate, state-specific pools, helping to ensure their proposals can compete alongside more traditional agricultural-conservation projects for CSP support. Additionally, state foresters were pleased to see that the development of Forest Stewardship Plans will continue to constitute technical assistance under CSP.
One of the proposed changes to the rule would allow for one-time payments to forestland owners when a comprehensive conservation plan is developed specifically for their operation. State foresters believe this new provision will incentivize forest management plan development and allow for technical service providers to be compensated for the assistance they provide in preparing these plans.
To read the comments in full, click the link below.