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USDA Selects 16 Pre-Proposal Projects in Oregon for Conservation Partnership Efforts

Applicants Selected to Submit Full Proposals by Oct. 2

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Release No. 2014.08.018

Contact:

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

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


Portland, Ore. (August 6, 2014) – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected 16 pre-proposal projects in Oregon to be considered for funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). These 16 applicants are invited to submit a full proposal by October 2. 

RCPP encourages eligible partners to join farmers, ranchers and forestry owners, in conservation efforts to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

Almost 600 pre-proposals, totaling $2.8 billion, were submitted nationally, requesting six times the available funding of $394 million for this year. Pre-proposal submissions were received from all 50 states and varied from $6,000 to $20 million in requested funds.

“This was a highly competitive process with a number of well-qualified applicants submitting proposals,” said Oregon State Conservationist Ron Alvarado.  “While funding designated for state-level projects was limited, we are enthusiastic about those that have been selected as they progress to the full proposal stage.”

Projects applying for RCPP funding compete in one of the three categories, including Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) , national, and state. Of the 16 pre-proposals selected in Oregon, two state-level projects were selected, in addition to seven projects in CCAs and seven in the national category. All 16 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 2 with final selections made by November 14, 2014. Projects ranged in scope from water quality improvements to wildlife habitat restoration.

Today’s announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit: www.usda.gov/farmbill.

 

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or local USDA service center.

 

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