DEEP: Regional Conservation Partnership Program with CT DEEP

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The DEEP Wildlife Division has an exciting new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Wildlife Management Institute to cooperate on the Regional Young Forest Initiative for At-Risk Species. Over 50 Connecticut species will benefit from these cooperative ambitions and efforts made through The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 
 
{American Woodcock}
American Woodcock 
RCPP will increase the capacity to provide technical and financial assistance to non-industrial private forestland owners wishing to implement practices outlined in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program. In Connecticut, the program will result in an increase in the quantity and quality of young forest habitat essential to New England cottontail rabbits, American woodcock, and over 50 other species associated with young forest habitat.
 
Participating states include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
 
Management practices which will create young forest habitat include a large array of treatments, such as: forest and wildlife planning, brush mowing, non-native invasive plant control, prescribed burning, tree/shrub plantings, early successional forest habitat management, and creating brush piles.
 
The first deadline for project applications was in mid-June 2017, and there was much interest in the Program. The Wildlife Division received numerous applications from property owners, and RCPP staff is currently conducting site reviews. Once the site review and budgeting processes are completed, a decision will be made if further applications will be accepted. Stay tuned!
 
Those interested in the RCPP should contact Program Biologist Lisa Wahle (860-424-4138; Lisa.wahle@ct.gov) or Program Forester Joshua Miller (860-424-4044; joshua.miller@ct.gov).
 
The RCPP, which was created by the 2014 Farm Bill, is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation. It is not a grant program, but promotes coordination between NRCS and partners to deliver assistance to agricultural producers and private landowners.
 
 
  {Focus area map highlights NW and SE CT.}
Focus areas have been established based on species occurrence and landscape factors that deem certain specific geographic areas are most likely to result in positive responses to management treatments for these target wildlife species.

Content last updated on July 17, 2017.