NRCS Offers Financial Assistance to Bay Bank Participants
Applications for partnership initiative due May 1, 2011
DOVER, Del., February 25, 2011—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Delaware is working with the Bay Bank, Delmarva’s one-stop shop for conservation funding opportunities, to provide additional financial assistance to agricultural operators and forest landowners to implement conservation practices geared toward enhancing wildlife habitat, forestland and improving water quality.
“The Bay Bank is working throughout the state to increase the scope of conservation by educating landowners on existing programs,” said Russell Morgan, NRCS State Conservationist. “By partnering with the Bay Bank, we aim to reach those producers unfamiliar with NRCS in an effort to further address specific natural resource challenges such as wildlife habitat enhancements.”
NRCS is making available $35,000 through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for producers referred through the Bay Bank. This special partnership initiative focuses on habitat enhancement practices targeted to bog turtles, Delmarva fox squirrels, and rare Atlantic White cedar stands within the region. Other practices that enhance additional wildlife habitats or improve water quality may also be eligible. Applications are due to NRCS no later than May 1, 2011.
Bay Bank is a program of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and will help connect landowners to a variety of conservation customers from family foundations to corporations. For example, after improving bog turtle with NRCS funding, landowners can earn additional income by protecting the habitat for another 20 years.
If you are interested in learning more about this partnership initiative, visit the Bay Bank at www.thebaybank.org. For additional information on EQIP or other NRCS programs or services, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit www.de.nrcs.usda.gov. In Sussex County, call 302-856-3990 x3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600 x3; in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100 x3.
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