America Great Outdoors

America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Americans

President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans.

AGO recognizes that many of the best ideas come from outside of Washington. Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for reworking inefficient policies and making the Federal Government a better partner with states, tribes, and local communities. The report below is the result of this work.

America's Great Outdoors 2013 Sign-Up

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has conservation financial assistance available for landowners in the Saginaw Bay Watershed available through the Presidential Initiative - America’s Great Outdoors.

The Saginaw Bay Watershed contains all or portions of 22 Michigan counties. Rural landowners, agricultural producers and non-industrial private forestland owners in the Saginaw Bay Watershed can apply for the conservation financial assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office. A 2013 sign-up for conservation financial assistance is planned for early 2013.

Financial assistance is available to agricultural producers to implement conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and help reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients reaching surface water including the Great Lakes and Saginaw Bay. Examples of practices eligible for financial assistance include cover crops, buffer strips, agrichemical handling facilities, windbreaks and grassed waterways.

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Practices and Payments Schedules Eligible under the  America's Great Outdoors Initiative
Updated 2013 information coming soon.

*Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers - NRCS definition