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Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2016

USDA Funding: $1.9 Million

Project Timeline: 3 Years (2017 – 2019)

Conservation Program Funding: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Colorado Counties: Statewide, and including Nevada

Lead Partner: Colorado Cattleman’s Association (CCA)

Project Summary:
Western States are gripped by a common need to improve sagebrush habitat and protect against its future loss. This regional partnership brings together Nevada and Colorado, who are actively investing in habitat improvements on private lands with the desire to demonstrate the effectiveness of actions to taxpayers and federal agencies. The project will: 1) Enhance and protect rangeland for greater sage-grouse, and increase conservation outcomes generated by incorporating a habitat quantification approach in project selection and design, and building capacity of project support partners to implement habitat quantification approach; 2) Increase outcomes over time by adaptively managing habitat quantification tools; and 3) Increase transparency and demand for results from public investments by reporting outcomes generated by partner and RCPP funds invested online. State, EQIP and CSP funds will create “credit-ready” projects per the specifications of the Nevada Conservation Credit System and Colorado Habitat Exchange, and private funds will be leveraged to cover long-term stewardship of the improved project sites. This project addresses the issue of stacking credit payments to ensure that EQIP and CSP funds are not be used to offset impacts that require compensatory mitigation and investigates innovative mechanisms for partnering public and private funds to create revolving funds.

Application Deadlines

Applications submitted by Friday, July 21, 2017 will be evaluated to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.

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