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NRCS Partership Program Information Meetings

Meetings Held Across Oregon Announcing the New Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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Release No. 2014.06.015

Contact:

Loren Unruh, State Programs Leader
503.414.3235, loren.unruh@or.usda.gov

Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer
Sara.Magenheimer@or.usda.gov
503-414-3250

Portland, Ore. (June 5, 2014) – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be holding four informational sessions across Oregon in order to provide information to partners on the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

RCPP was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill to work with partners to encourage locally-driven solutions that accelerate and promote voluntary conservation on private lands.  The RCPP will competitively award funds to conservation projects designed and submitted by local, regional and state partners. Eligible partners include private companies, universities, non-profit organizations, local and tribal governments and others joining with agricultural and conservation organizations and producers to invest money, manpower and materials to their proposed projects.

NRCS will be hosting four informational sessions for partners to ensure interested applicants have the information they need to submit a pre-proposal by the July 14th deadline.  The RCPP meeting information is outlined below.

June 16th, 1:00-3:00
Location:  Hillsboro Service Center
                 1080 SW Baseline, Suite B-2
                 Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
For additional information contact: Leo Preston, 503-472-1474 ext. 115

June 18th, 10:00-12:00
Location:  Pendleton Service Center
                200 SE Hailey Ave
                Pendleton, Oregon 97801
For additional information contact: Jay Gibbs, 541-676-5021 ext. 112

June 19th, 1:00-3:00
Location:  Redmond Service Center
                625 SE Salmon Ave, Suite 4
                Redmond, Oregon 97756
For additional information contact: Kevin Conroy, 541-883-6924 ext. 115

June 19th, 1:00-3:00
Location:  Forest Service/BLM Office
                3106 Pierce Parkway
                Springfield, Oregon 97477
For additional information contact: Heather Medina Sauceda, 541-967-5925 ext. 110

With participating partners investing along with the Department, USDA’s $1.2 billion in funding over the life of the five-year program will leverage $2.4 billion for conservation. This year nearly $400 million in RCPP funding will be available nationwide. Through RCPP, partners propose conservation projects to improve soil health, water quality and water use efficiency, wildlife habitat, and other related natural resources on private lands.

Applicants can apply for one of the three designated areas of funding

·         Critical Conservation Areas (CCA), which make up 35 percent of the total program funding nationally.  In Oregon, watersheds in the Columbia River Basinhave been chosen as a CCA by the agriculture secretary;

·         National Applications, make up 40 percent of the total program funding, are regional or multi-state projects in scope and are selected through a national competitive process;

·         State-level Applications, make up 25 percent of total program funding, and include state-level projects selected through a state competitive process.

For more state-specific information on RCPP, visit NRCS Oregon’s RCPP webpage.

The announcement of program funding can be found here. Preproposals are due July 14, and full proposals are dueSept. 26.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStartedor your local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.

 

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