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USDA Initiative Offers Assistance with Pleasant River Watershed Restoration

Applications being accepted through January 18, 2013 for current funding

Bangor, ME – December 11, 2012 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Juan Hernandez has announced that federal funding is available to assist eligible landowners in the Pleasant River Watershed with planning and management of their agricultural land under the Pleasant River Watershed Initiative. Funding is being made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The deadline for Fiscal Year 2013 applications is January 18, 2013.

“The main goal of this effort is to improve habitat for native trout and salmon in the Pleasant River Watershed”, said David Power, District Conservationist for NRCS in Piscataquis County. “This will be accomplished by assisting private landowners in conservation planning, engineering and cost-sharing to improve stream connectivity, aquatic habitat, and water quality.” Besides providing economic benefits, streams are home to diverse communities of fish and wildlife. Through sound planning and management, the goal is to help private landowners keep stream habitat healthy.

Eligible conservation practices through this initiative include, but are not limited to, stream crossings riparian forest buffers, fish passage, forest trails and landings, conservation cover, critical area planting, and access roads.

Interested agricultural landowners in the Pleasant River Watershed can contact their local NRCS office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover, located in the Pine Crest Industrial Park, to determine if their land is eligible and, if so, apply to receive technical and financial assistance. They can be reached at 207-564-2321, extension 3. Applications received by January 18, 2013 will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2013.

More information is available on the Maine NRCS website.

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