Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program
Bay Delta Initiative – Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program
Program Description Fiscal Year 2012
The NRCS State Conservationist in California has determined that a separate regional funding pool will be established from California’s Bay Delta Initiative allocations in Fiscal Year 2012 to provide support to producers to fund the implementation of wildlife habitat related to shorebird conservation practices on eligible agricultural operations. This initiative will be implemented within the Sacramento Valley in support of that regions designation as an International Area of Shorebird Importance. This initiative will provide support to eligible agricultural operations for the implementation of conservation practices that provide bird habitat. The eligible Program area includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties.
This initiative provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers who are willing to apply structural wildlife practices and to follow precise water management guidelines on flooded agricultural fields in order to meet critical water depth and timing requirements necessary to address the micro-habitat needs of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wetland dependent species. The approved practice list is included in this document and installation will follow NRCS guidelines. Applications will be screened and ranked using factors that measure the projected environmental benefits towards protecting or improving wildlife habitat. The ranking criteria are available also included in this document.
The Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program is targeted specifically to agricultural operations that have the capacity to adopt and apply conservation practices to provide and maintain shallow water wetlands, mudflats, nesting islands, and other associated wildlife structures that provide for seasonal or year-round breeding and wintering habitat for shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl.
Eligible producers who submit applications and other required documents by close-of-business (COB) on April 6, 2012, will be considered for this Fiscal Year 2012 funding cycle. Funding decisions will be made according to the highest priority list of screened and ranked applications available at that time. Applications will continue to be accepted after this deadline, but ranking and funding decisions will be deferred until the next funding cycle.
To be eligible for consideration, a complete application must be submitted to the local NRCS office by COB April 6, 2012. Incomplete applications may be deferred to the next funding cycle when all supporting documents have been provided. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, ranking cutoffs are established for the purpose of making funding decisions. For application assistance or for more information regarding the California Bay Delta Initiative contact your closest NRCS office.
Note: Confidential and private information: Many of the program application forms or documentation requires the applicant to provide sensitive, contact, financial or other confidential information. Disclosure of this data is voluntary, but failure to provide the required information in a timely manner may result in the deferral of an application or denial of a benefit payment. By law and policy, confidential, private and sensitive information is protected by USDA and employees and agency partners are subject to penalty and disciplinary action for inappropriate or mismanagement of private data.
Approved Practice List, Screening and Ranking Criteria
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This document contains the program description, application, approved practice list, screening and ranking information.