The federal government is an important source of funding for land and natural resource conservation in the United States, but what you may not know is that this funding goes well beyond simply supporting public lands like national parks, national forests and national wildlife refuges.

The Farm Bill, for instance, is the single largest federal source of funding for private land conservation, creating significant opportunities for land trusts to protect high-priority farm and ranch lands, grasslands, wetlands and forests. Additional funding opportunities have been created by legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, and fund programs geared around everything from wildfire defense and environmental and climate justice to protecting endangered and threatened species, coastal habitats and agricultural lands.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is one of these programs, established in the 2014 Farm Bill to promote coordination between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and its partners on innovative projects to address conservation concerns on farms, across states and regions. Read more.