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NRCS Announces Funding to Renovate Shelterbelts and Restore Forested Riparian Areas

March 1, 2011

For More Information:
Tasha Gibby, Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2072


BISMARCK �Agriculture producers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas are eligible to renovate shelterbelts and restore forested riparian buffers as part of two Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) proposals. The deadline to be considered for funding is April 8, 2011. Producers who wish to enroll in one of the CCPI proposals should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office.

�y partnering with the North Dakota Forest Service through the CCPI, we are helping farmers and ranchers maintain the benefits provided by shelterbelts and riparian forests into the future,�said Paul Sweeney, NRCS State Conservationist in North Dakota. �hese proposals will stimulate natural resource conservation across the Central Great Plains.�

These projects will work though the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program to leverage additional services and resources from the state forestry agencies of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas as well as other non-federal partners, to implement conservation on farms, ranches, and forest lands.

�any shelterbelts and riparian forests are no longer providing the benefits to agricultural producers that they have in the past. Renovation practices are needed to ensure shelterbelts control soil erosion, protect farmsteads, and conserve energy while riparian forests improve water quality, stabilize stream banks, and reduce downstream flooding,�says North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman.

Both CCPI proposals apply to all agricultural lands in the four states. North Dakota farmers and ranchers are encouraged to apply for funding to renovate shelterbelts and restore forested riparian buffers at their local NRCS Service Center until April 8, 2011.

For additional information about the CCPI, please visit theCooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Web page.


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