USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting Wildlife Applications through June 8, 2012, for Three Mississippi River Basin Initiative projects in Arkansas
Little Rock, Ark., May 17, 2012 – Farmers and landowners in portions of Ashley, Chicot, Cross and Poinsett counties have until June 8, 2012, to submit Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) applications to receive cost-share assistance to implement conservation practices through three Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) projects.
More than $170,000 of funding is available to assist landowners with installing conservation practices through WHIP. Applicants can sign up at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.
“The MRBI projects in Arkansas are being implemented working with our conservation partners to accelerate conservation treatment to improve water quality, water quantity, maintain productivity and enhance wildlife habitat,” said NRCS State Conservationist Michael Sullivan.
The projects open for sign-ups are:
L’Anguille River Watershed Coalition – The L’Anguille River has been designated as an impaired watershed by the Environmental Protection Agency due to excessive siltation and turbidity from agricultural sources. The project will use practices ranging from conservation cover and nutrient management to filter strips and riparian forest buffers to mitigate the amount of nutrients currently reaching the water course through soil erosion. Funding is available for landowners in portions of Cross and Poinsett counties.