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Conservation Connection e-blast - December 3, 2010

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners

NRCS extends sign-up period for Conservation Stewardship Program Farm and forest land.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the ranking period for farmer and forestland owner applications to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forestland. The cut-off date is now January 7, 2011.

USDA initiative offers assistance with forest land planning

LeavesUSDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White has announced that $700,000 in federal funding is available to assist Massachusetts forest land owners with forest land planning and management under the New England-New York Forestry Initiative. Applications for the New England-New York Forestry Initiative will be accepted through January 31, 2011 for current funding.

Officials dig the "Final Acre" of the Plymouth County Soil Survey

NRCS soil scientist Rob Tunstead digs the final hole for the Plymouth County Soil Survey.Soil data now on-line

Federal, state and local officials recently celebrated the completion of the Plymouth County Soil Survey Update with a Final Acre Ceremony. The event, held at the UMass. Cranberry Station in East Wareham, Mass., included a speaking program, ceremonial digging of the final hole, recognition of soil scientists who worked on the survey, informational displays and refreshments.

Briggsville Dam removal begins

Removal of the Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts is underway. The 15 foot high and 145 foot long dam is being removed to improve wildlife habitat, restore natural river functions, eliminate the threat of dam failure to the downstream properties, reduce the risk of upstream flooding and save jobs by eliminating the need for costly repairs.

"From Rain to Runoff" Conference slated for December 17th at UConn, Storrs

The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SNEC-SWCS) has announced a lineup of technical specialists representing government, private sector and community perspectives for a tri-state workshop entitled From Rain to Runoff to be held Friday, December 17, 2010 at the University of Connecticut's Bishop Center in Storrs, Connecticut. The Chapter selected the topic for this conference due to the increasing demand for information on sustainable environmental practices for urban and agricultural landscapes by New England farmers, individuals and local and state government agencies.

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Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

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