NRCS's natural resources conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.
NRCS-Michigan Conservation Financial Assistance
NRCS has several programs that provide financial assistance to agricultural producers to implement new conservation measures. Other programs allows landowners to sell development rights to their land that require the land to be maintained as wetlands or for specific agricultural uses.
America's Great Outdoors Initiative - The Natural Resources Conservation Service has $550,000 in conservation financial assistance for landowners in the Saginaw Bay Watershed available through the Presidential Initiative - America’s Great Outdoors.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed contains all or portions of 22 Michigan counties. Rural landowners, agricultural producers and non-industrial private forestland owners in the Saginaw Bay Watershed can apply for the conservation financial assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office until July 22.