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 resource concerns that have overarching priority in Texas are water quantity, soil erosion and plant health and condition.
Water Quantity- Over the past several years, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has addressed the shrinking water levels in the aquifers across Texas such as the Ogallala, Seymour, and Edwards. The program has addressed irrigation improvements to both surface and sprinkler systems, but through CSP more can be done.
Soil Erosion- Soil erosion has been identified by every Local Work Group across the state as a resource concern. It also impacts all land use categories.
Plant Health and Condition- Plant health and condition continues to be addressed by EQIP statewide resource concerns in the form of brush control, range seeding and reforestation. CSP can help accelerate this work.
All three of these resource concerns directly or indirectly benefit other resource concerns identified for Texas, including water quality, wildlife, domestic animals, and invasive species.