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December 20 Application Deadline Set for New Wildlife Conservation Initiative

CONTACT:
Anita Brown (530) 792-5644
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653

LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 – California’s ranchers in Alameda County are invited to apply for a new Wildlife-Friendly Livestock Pond Rangeland Health Initiative, funded through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Those who apply by Dec. 20, 2013, will receive priority consideration for funding this fiscal year.

The Initiative provides financial assistance to eligible ranchers who apply conservation practices to simultaneously support habitats for California Red-legged Frog and California Tiger Salamander in existing livestock ponds and to provide reliable drinking water sources for livestock.

Alameda County producers with a conservation plan for their operation will receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Applications can be submitted throughout the year but those received by December 20 will be evaluated for funding priority for available FY 2014 funding. Applications received after December 20 may be considered for future funding.

In order to be considered eligible for this initiative, the applicant must have a vested interest in production agricultural and meet other program eligibility requirements.

For additional information, interested producers should contact the NRCS office in Livermore at (925) 371-0154.

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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