America's Great Outdoors Initiative
Applications for all USDA NRCS programs are accepted on a continuous basis with application batching dates set regularly. The application batching date for Fiscal Year 2013 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - America's Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) is April 19, 2013. Batching dates will be posted here when they are established.
From parks and rivers to farmlands and forests, America's great outdoors fuel our national spirit of adventure and independence and help power our economy. Our lands and waters also are where our families go to unwind, to fish, hike, and hunt, and to spend valuable time together.
Today, however, much of America's great outdoors is under intense pressure. Open lands, farmlands and woodlands are disappearing, waterways are polluted, and a changing climate is threatening natural systems. At the same time, many Americans - especially young people - are losing touch with the outdoor places and traditions our country has always treasured. President Obama believes that for America to be at its strongest, we need healthy and accessible lands and waters and healthy and active youth connected to them.
That is why he established the America's Great Outdoors Initiative in April 2010, to work with the American people to develop a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. More information about the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative can be found on online.
In New York State, NRCS offers conservation funds to landowners, farmers, and private forestland owners in the Lake Champlain Watershed through the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Many partnerships are assisting NRCS with this conservation effort, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Audubon Society, and the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York. The America's Great Outdoors Initiative makes funding available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program . EQIP-AGO funds are used to install conservation practices that prevent nutrients and sediments from reaching Lake Champlain and improve wildlife habitat around the lake.
How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Web site.
For more information, visit the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative Web site, or your local USDA-NRCS office.
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