NRCS Colorado Grassland Reserve Program/GRP
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering
landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands on
their property. Section 2403 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of
2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) reauthorized GRP. The program emphasizes support for
working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity,
and protection of grasslands that are under threat
of conversion to cropping, urban development and other activities.
Participants voluntarily limit future development of the land, while
retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices and operations using
rental contracts and conservation easements. Priority enrollment
consideration will be given to Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts
that are within 12 months of expiration.
GRP is jointly administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). (The USDA Forest Service also has a
role in holding easements on land adjacent to National Forests, at its
The program has two enrollment options; (1) permanent easements and (2)
rental contracts with terms of 10-, 15-, or 20-year terms. Enrollment of
eligible expiring CRP lands into GRP will be limited to perpetual easements
or 20-year rental contracts.
Grasslands make up the largest land cover on America's private lands.
Privately-owned grasslands and shrublands cover more than 525 million acres
in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
will direct financial resources and technical expertise to help landowners
protect and restore these lands. Go to the
NRCS National website
for additional information about this program.
2011 Colorado GRP Program
The final rule to implement the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) was
published in the Federal Register November 29, 2010. The Natural Resources Conservation
Service and Farm Service Agency jointly implement GRP, which provides
landowners with technical and financial assistance to restore and protect
grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrub land and certain other lands,
through rental contracts and easements.
These documents require
GRP Fact Sheet
GRP Conservation Easement Deed
These documents require
Microsoft Word Reader.
2011 GRP Announcement
GRP Landowner Offer Sheet
Cooperating Entity Announcement
This document requires Microsoft Excel.
2011 Screen & Ranking Tool
NRCS Colorado GRP Program Contact
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426
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