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2004 Special Projects

Idaho Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)


Special Projects

Idaho has set aside $1.1 million for use on two special project sign-up programs using Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds.  These projects are titled "Air Quality - Livestock Operations" and "Sensitive Species of Concern".

Applicants for both projects may be submitted anytime between April 4, 2004 and April 30, 2004.  Project applications will compete within their category for available funds on a statewide basis.  In addition to the project specific forms discussed below, applicants must complete a "CCC-1200" and should review the CCC-1200(A) Appendix.  The CCC-1200 must be signed and returned with the application.

Forms Needed to Signup:

CCC-1200, Conservation Program Contract
CCC-1200A, Appendix to the Contract, EQIP Special Contract Provisions

Air Quality - Livestock Operations Information

The "Air Quality - Livestock Operations" special project is aimed at reducing odor, greenhouse gases and dust from livestock operations.  Applications may apply for conservation practices that will reduce these resource issues on their operation.  Applicants may wish to contact Jenifer Beddoes, NRCS Environmental Engineer as needed for clarification of the material required in the application.  She may be contacted at 208-888-1890, ext. 120 or via email at jenifer.beddoes@id.usda.gov.  The application information may be downloaded below or is available at your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Applicants interested in applying for the "Air Quality - Livestock Operations", may also be interested in this information.

The NRCS recently published a "Request for Proposals" for the new Conservation Innovation Grants program.  This program provides 50% cost share of up to $1 million per project to demonstrate new and innovative technologies in conservation.  Competition for these grants is nationwide.  Information on the program, including the "Request for Proposals" may be found at this link:  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig.

This program is national in scope and all applications must be sent to the national NRCS headquarters office if they are to be considered.  Full information on what is required and how to apply is available at the web site link above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Carl Lucero, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mail Stop 5473, Beltsville, MD 20705.  Phone: (301) 504-2222; facsimile: (301) 504-2264; e-mail: cig@usda.gov; Subject: Conservation Innovation Grants RFP.

Sensitive Species of Concern Information

The "Sensitive Species of Concern" special project is intended for EQIP contracts that include conservation practices that will provide a direct benefit to selected wildlife species and their habitat.  Applicants must work directly with staff from either a State or Federal agency involved with monitoring the species benefited.  This includes the Idaho Department of Fish and Game; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or NOAA Fisheries depending on the species involved.  The application information and selected species list may be downloaded below or is available at your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.  The "List of Sensitive Species contains information on which agency the applicant should work with in completing their application for these special funds.  The contact persons are shown at the bottom of the list.  They may be able to provide a name of someone locally to assist.

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat.

Air Quality Application Information (PDF; 110 KB)
Sensitive Species Application Information (PDF; 111 KB)
List of Sensitive Species (PDF; 86 KB)



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Idaho EQIP Fiscal Year 2004 Contacts

Local
Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property. 

Idaho EQIP Program Manager: 
Bob Bartholomew
Phone: (208) 378-5703
Email: Bob.Bartholomew@id.usda.gov