Natural Resource Conservation Service

NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Legacy of Conservation:                                                                                            Born in the Dust Bowl days of the 1930”s, the Soil Conservation Service – now called the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has helped millions of private land owners protect their soil, water, and related resources. Hugh Hammond Bennett is known as the father of soil conservation. Bennett headed that agency as its first Chief. He hired specialists in agronomy, forestry, soil science, biology, engineering, and social sciences. The agency championed the creation of the conservation district to help assist farmers. The first conservation district was in Bennett’s native North Carolina on August 4, 1937. Through this emerging conservation delivery system, locally elected citizens established priorities and plans for the districts works. Today, virtually every county is served by NRCS and local conservation districts.

NRCS Program Assistance:                                                                                       NRCS has numerous conservation programs for Oklahoma Landowners.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):                                                  The EQIP is a volunteer conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns. EQIP also delivers environmental benefits such as, improved water and air quality, conserve water resources, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improve or create wildlife habitats. EQIP Factsheet

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):                                                              The CSP helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems. Through the CSP, agricultural producers can also adopt additional conservation activities to address specific priority resources concerns.  Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance – the higher the performance, the higher the payment.                                                                                                     CSP Factsheet

Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)                                                  The EWP was established by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program is designed to help people conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused natural occurrences. For more information please visit:                                                                                      Emergency Watershed Protection Program | NRCS

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)                                                               The WHIP is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural, nonindustrial private forest, and Indian land.                                                                                                                 WHIP Factsheet