Conservation Connection e-blast - August 26, 2011
Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners
Are you considering protecting and enhancing wetlands on your land through the federal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has published a new guide to help Massachusetts landowners understand this environmentally beneficial but complex program. The eight-page guide includes a checklist of required documents, a glossary of common real estate terms you might encounter when applying for WRP, questions and answers and a planning guide to help you determine if your land might be eligible for WRP.
More than 11,000 of America's private landowners have voluntarily enrolled over 2.3 million acres into the Wetlands Reserve Program. The cumulative benefits of these wetlands reach well beyond their boundaries to improve watershed health, the vitality of agricultural lands, and the aesthetics and economies of local communities. To mark this milestone, NRCS has published a national commemorative publication "Restoring America's Wetlands: A Private Lands Conservation Success Story."
From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog
Fish passage expert Abigail Franklin was working at a project site recently when she saw juvenile American eels swimming upstream and resting on the sandy stream bottom. This was exciting because these young eels started life about 1,000 miles away in the Sargasso Sea.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the winning proposals for the 2011 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Through CIG, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing nearly $22.5 million in innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues.
The Massachusetts Farm to School Project will celebrate Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week, September 19-23. Food service staff, teachers, students and public officials from dozens of Massachusetts schools and colleges will have fun during the week, as they celebrate with special meals and events to enjoy locally-grown food. Schools and colleges will celebrate in a variety of ways, from featuring a local fruit or vegetable each day, holding an all-local dinner, serving produce from the school garden, to hosting a farmers' market on campus.
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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 | www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov
Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist
Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer
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