NRCS Announces Targeted Conservation Funding Opportunities
Bozeman--The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for three targeted conservation initiatives: National Water Quality, America’s Great Outdoors, and Sage-Grouse Working Lands for Wildlife. All three initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Applications must be received by April 19, 2013, to be considered for funding in 2013. NRCS will rank all eligible applications in May 2013. NRCS will notify applicants of ranking results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.
National Water Quality Initiative: NRCS helps agricultural producers and nonindustrial private forest landowners install conservation practices that benefit water quality. Financial assistance is available this year in the Pipestone watershed in Jefferson County.
America’s Great Outdoors: The Crown of the Continent was identified as a demonstration landscape located in the northern Rocky Mountains. In collaboration with locally led conservation efforts, NRCS will help producers improve forest and riparian health, install fuel breaks, control noxious weeds, and reduce human/wildlife conflict in the Blackfoot Watershed in northern Powell County, the North Fork area of the Flathead River, and the foothills of the Swan Mountain Range in Flathead County.
Sage-Grouse Working Lands for Wildlife: NRCS helps producers keep expired or expiring Conservation Reserve Program lands in permanent grass cover for grazing by installing fences and water sources. NRCS also works with landowners on grazing management practices. Assistance is targeted to sage-grouse core areas in Blaine, Phillips, Fergus, and Petroleum counties.
Visit the NRCS Montana Web site at www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/ for more information on how to apply for these initiatives. To find an NRCS office near you, use the USDA Service Center Locator.
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