NRCS Technical and Financial assistance Available to Help Recover Black-Footed Ferret
Contact: Petra Barnes
NRCS State Public Information Officer
Office Number: 720-544-2808
Fax Number: 720-544-2965
Denver, CO, April 15, 2014 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is currently accepting applications for enrollment in a special effort that will help recover the federally endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). The effort promotes voluntary, incentive-based conservation on private and Tribal lands through the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications will be accepted until May 15th, 2014.
“NRCS’ implementation of this effort has been in the works for some time now,” said Phyllis Ann Philipps, NRCS State Conservationist, Denver, CO. “Colorado is one of 12 states participating in the five year strategy with the goal of down listing or delisting the species.”
This recovery effort is possible through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Black-Footed Ferret Safe Harbor Agreement; which was developed in partnership with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the U. S. Geological Service. The Agreement provides opportunities for landowners to allow reintroductions of the black-footed ferret on their property without affecting their land-use activities beyond mutually agreed-upon measures. The Agreement also provides assurances that additional regulatory restrictions will not be imposed, and that no future commitment will be required to continue with black-footed ferret conservation.
NRCS’s technical and financial assistance is provided to encourage landowner participation in black-footed ferret recovery while strengthening the productive capacity of working lands and rural economies. Interested landowners with large colonies of prairie dogs are encouraged to contact their NRCS Area Biologist:
Patty Knupp - 719-543-8386 x112 - Southeast CO
Noe Marymor - 970-330-0380 x207 - Northeast CO
Ed Neilson - 970-243-5608 x123 - West slope
For additional information about the black-footed ferret and the strategic effort to recover the species, please visit http://www.blackfootedferret.org.