NRCS Announces Second Funding Opportunity for Salmon Habitat Restoration Efforts
Rick Noble, Area Conservationist
SPOKANE, WA (MAY 1, 2013) - USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today a second funding opportunity for the Pacific Salmon Habitat Improvement Partnership (PSHIP) that will assist with restoration of in-stream, wetland, and riparian habitat for anadromous salmonids in western Washington. Financial and technical assistance will be provided through the NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to establish or improve riparian vegetation, remove fish passage barriers, and install other channel enhancement activities. NRCS may partner with other federal, state, and local governments, as well as tribes and non-governmental organizations to implement salmon recovery activities on working lands.
NRCS is accepting applications from May 1, 2013 through May 30, 2013.
Applicants must meet all EQIP land and landowner eligibility requirements. Eligible working lands include agricultural land (cropland and pastureland) and non-industrial private forestland. Both private and tribally owned working lands are eligible. For a complete description of EQIP eligibility, refer to the Washington NRCS website.
Projects can be located in all watersheds across western Washington, with highest priority assigned to those projects treating working lands in the Nooksack, Lower Skagit, Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Snohomish, Green-Duwamish, and Nisqually watersheds. Eligible projects located in other Puget Sound watersheds will also receive priority during the application ranking process. However, all eligible applications in western Washington will be considered.
Core NRCS conservation practices include Aquatic Organism (Fish) Passage (396), Riparian Forest Buffer (391), and Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (395). Applications must include at least one of these practices to be eligible for PSHIP funding.
For more information on this and other conservation opportunities, producers are urged to contact their USDA-NRCS Service Center Office. Landowners new to USDA programs are encouraged to contact their local NRCS and FSA field office as soon as possible to ensure they have the time needed to make informed decisions and complete the application process.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.