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NRCS Announces Assistance for California Fire Recovery

Dave Sanden (530) 527-2667, ex. 107

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012—Acting State Conservationist Jeff Burwell today announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will take applications to assist private landowners in northern California affected by wildfires in the last six months.

Applications for this initiative will be taken from Oct. 2, through Oct. 19, 2012. The assistance, funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will be made available pending Congressional approval of the Farm Bill conservation funding.

"I encourage California landowners who have private grazing land or non-industrial private forestlands that were adversely affected by the recent fires to visit with their local field office about how this special initiative can provide assistance to protect their natural resources," Burwell said.

The initiative is intended to provide immediate resource protection in those areas burned during the 2012 wildfires. Priority applications will include practices that are implemented within one year and provide immediate erosion protection, adequate livestock water, and habitat protection.

Participants interested in implementing practices beyond the scope of this special and limited initiative are encouraged to apply under the regular EQIP funding opportunities.

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.


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