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Additional Funds Available for EQIP Landscape Initiatives

Contact: Mary Schrader, EQIP program specialist
(307) 233-6750

A second ranking period has been announced for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Working Lands for Wildlife, Greater Sage-grouse Initiative and the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative. All applications on received by June 20, 2014 focusing on these two initiatives will be considered for funding in the second ranking period for Fiscal Year 2014. Applications are accepted on a continual basis; applications received after this date will be accepted and considered for funding if additional funds become available.

Working Lands for Wildlife, Greater Sage-grouse Initiative provides assistance for ranchers interested in improving habitat for sage-grouse.  Applications are prioritized and ranked based on criteria such as: identified threats that will be addressed in the contract, percent of the operation to be enrolled, and location of the operation in relation to the core, current, or historic sage-grouse range. In Wyoming, NRCS is focusing treatment on maintaining and improving early brood rearing and nesting cover.

The purpose of the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative is to provide producers with financial and technical assistance to reduce the quantity of water removed from the Ogallala Aquifer and to improve water quality using conservation practices on cropland and rangeland. Benefits to the public may be seen in wildlife protection, water conservation and water quality. The counties in WY that are located within the boundary of the Ogallala Aquifer are Converse, Niobrara, Platte, Goshen and Laramie.

Applications are available at your local USDA Service Center or NRCS Field Office listed under United States Government in your community phone directory.  More information can be found on the WY NRCS website http://www.wy.nrcs.usda.gov/.

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