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NRCS Seeks High Priority Project Proposals for Salmon Recovery in the Puget Sound

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Rick Noble
West Area Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
(360) 704-7740

For immediate release

Spokane, WA (May 11, 2012) –Today, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced they are seeking partners and tribes to bring forward high priority project proposals that address salmon recovery efforts in the Puget Sound.

With the help of local partners and tribes, high priority projects will be identified to plan and implement beneficial conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Once high priority project proposals have been selected, NRCS will provide funding to eligible landowners or managers, tribes, and tribal members through individual contracts that address fish passage, and water quality and habitat improvement within salmon-bearing areas in the Puget Sound region. Producers can receive funding to implement conservation practices such as planting woody buffers, replacing culverts to remove fish barriers, and decommissioning or replacing manure storage systems along salmon-bearing streams.

EQIP funding will not be provided to project proponents who bring forth high priority project proposals, instead, funding will be provided to landowners to implement conservation practices that benefit salmon recovery. This is an opportunity for NRCS to provide technical and financial assistance to private and tribal landowners or managers to execute high priority projects identified by partners and tribes that meet Puget Sound salmon recovery objectives.

“The availability of this additional EQIP funding will provide an excellent opportunity for landowners and producers to address some of the most pressing concerns affecting salmon in the Puget Sound region,” NRCS West Area Conservationist Rick Noble said. “The result will have long-lasting environmental benefits that will extend much further than Western Washington.”

Eligible project proposal partners include Indian tribes, units of state and local government, and agricultural or non-profit organizations, or other non-governmental groups working on fish passage and habitat restoration projects.

For a complete list of project requirements and how to apply, download the project proposal packet. Project proponents may submit proposals for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Partnership via email or U.S. Postal Service; however, all proposals must be received before close of business on or before May 24, 2012. Applicants are encouraged to submit project proposals electronically to PSSRP@wa.usda.gov.

Project proponents whose proposals have been selected will receive an official letter of notification. Funding levels will be dependent on the quantity of individual producer contracts that are obligated by the August 1, 2012 deadline. Proponents of project proposals that are not selected will also be notified by mail.
 

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