USDA Conservation Sign-Up Begins for Three Michigan Areas
EAST LANSING – March 14, 2013 – Three areas in Michigan are eligible for $595,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation financial assistance to address local natural resource concerns. The financial assistance is available to eligible landowners who submit a completed application at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office by April 15, 2013.
The USDA’s Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative provides conservation assistance through cooperative agreements with the Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Resource Alliance and the Huron Conservation District. The $595,000 in financial assistance is available to rural landowners, agricultural producers and American Indian tribes in areas designated by the organizations.
The Nature Conservancy project area covers 982,700 acres and includes portions of Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. The Conservation Resource Alliance project area is in the northwest Lower Peninsula extending from Leelanau to Osceola County. The Huron Conservation District project area includes the Pinnebog River and Pigeon River watersheds, primarily in Huron County with small portions in Sanilac and Tuscola counties.
The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative organizations will select conservation practices designed to protect water, soil, air and wildlife resources for financial assistance. Selected applicants will receive a fixed payment for implementing contracted practices after they are completed.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.