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2010 Annual Report MBHI

2010 Annual Report - Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

Birds migrating south this year will find more than 65,000 additional acres with enhanced habitat and water in Arkansas. Landowners in 30 counties submitted 1,881 applications totaling $42,272,033. We received $7.22 million and funded 343 contracts through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and Wetlands Reserve Program.

Arkansas is one of eight states selected to participate in the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative with 30 counties in the eastern and southwest areas. The initiative was available in Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties. Other states in the initiative are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

NRCS provided financial and technical resources to agricultural producers to install practices which control water levels and enhance habitat to attract migratory birds. Arkansas landowners are receiving payments to flood existing farmed wetlands, cropland previously converted to wetlands and other land that can provide immediate habitat for these birds. The rice fields of eastern Arkansas are particularly well-suited for this program.

Arkansas has coordinated and worked successfully with its partners including Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

County Acres Applications Funded

Funds Obligated

Arkansas

54

1

$7,344

Ashley

501

1

$67,569

Chicot

68

1

$9,091

Clay

289

1

$38,979

Crittenden

642

2

$85,161

Drew

280

2

$42,195

Greene

648

4

$68,892

Independence

286

1

$38,579

Lawrence

1,757

4

$68,730

Lee

336

2

$23,075

Monroe

1,504

6

$65,912

Phillips

736

4

$48,992

Prairie

612

3

$50,832

Pulaski

255

1

$25,260

St Francis

1,883

8

$82,189

Woodruff

581

2

$78,423

Totals 10,432 43 $801,223

Wetlands Reserve Program

County Acres Applications Funded

Funds Obligated

Arkansas

89

2

$27,816

Chicot

382

4

$15,000

Craighead

110

1

$16,715

Desha

115

1

$12,595

Independence

146

3

$22,245

Jackson

537

6

$81,658

Jefferson

111

1

$22,033

Lee

2,645

14

$618,025

Little River

207

2

$8,900

Lonoke

121

1

$30,234

Miller

2,214

9

$91,300

Monroe

2,368

4

$851,513

Phillips

361

4

$125,882

Poinsett

328

1

$49,804

Prairie

1,381

8

$427,476

Pulaski

1,071

7

$346,449

Randolph

107

1

$16,207

St. Francis

1,966

18

$622,396

White

1,179

6

$204,730

Woodruff

235

7

$38,354
Totals 15,673 100 $3,629,332

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

County Acres Applications Funded

Funds Obligated

Arkansas

1,329

9

$105,555

Ashley

842

2

$90,195

Chicot

1,101

9

$99,371

Clay

1,902

22

$115,155

Craighead

1,187

7

$107,290

Crittenden

731

6

$105,870

Cross

1,334

13

$104,798

Desha

1,222

7

$127,071

Drew

399

3

$41,676

Greene

2,902

21

$93,172

Independence

213

1

$40,084

Jackson

4,001

9

$261,939

Jefferson

1,050

11

$90,638

Lawrence

6,410

5

$200,490

Lee

1,832

7

$94,121

Lincoln

744

6

$100,440

Lonoke

752

4

$101,454

Mississippi

863

2

$116,562

Monroe

2,125

12

$95,883

Phillips

994

9

$77,403

Poinsett

1,370

4

$142,629

Prairie

1,271

6

$76,246

Pulaski

456

3

$77,745

Randolph

1,127

4

$76,755

St Francis

717

6

$83,954

White

1,139

9

$75,639

Woodruff

969

3

$96,924

Totals 38,982 200 $2,799,059