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New conservation initiative goes beyond traditional government efforts

Al White
(907) 761-7757

Palmer, June 2 – A new USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, can benefit steam habitat, wildlife habitat, and flood control in Alaska. The RCPP will competitively award funds to conservation projects designed by local partners. Eligible partners include private companies, universities, non-profit organizations, local and tribal governments, and district governments, to invest money, manpower and materials to their proposed initiatives. This first year $400 million isavailable in USDA funding.

This is an example of government at its best—streamlining multiple programs into one more effective effort, providing flexible tools, and connecting local citizens and organizations with resources that best address their priorities, protect and improve their quality of life, and propel economic growth.

A wide variety of conservation practices aimed at habitat creation, restoration or enhancement are available. For example, conservation work could involve culvert replacement for fish passage, habitat management for wildlife, and flood control structures.

Twenty-five percent of the funds allocated to RCPP will be directed to state-level projects.

USDA is now accepting proposals for this program. Pre-proposals are due July 14, and full proposal are due September 26. For more information and to apply go to the website Grants.Gov:

Contact an NRCS Office - Alaska NRCS Northern Hub Office in Fairbanks: (907) 479-3159, Alaska NRCS Southern Hub Office in Kenai: (907) 283-8732, Alaska NRCS Central Hub Office in Wasilla: (907) 373-6492 and the State Office in Palmer: (907) 761-7760 or visit