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Cerulean Warbler RCPP Agreement

Cerulean Warbler

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Introduction

The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement RCPP proposal was submitted by the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and approved as an RCPP National Project in FY 2015. Collaborating partners include the AMJV, Green Forests Work, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  The 5-year project will utilize financial assistance in FY 2016 through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The project’s primary goal is to enhance forestland in Appalachia for Cerulean Warbler habitat. This RCPP project has a forestland component and a mined land component. The partners hope to improve 12,500 acres of forest habitat on private lands in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. GFW and the American Chestnut Foundation plan to restore 1,000 acres on formerly mined lands in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.  They anticipate that almost half of those acres will be in Kentucky. 

How to Apply and Application Cut-Off Dates

Interested applicants can fill out an RCPP-EQIP application at their local USDA Service Center or contact one of the Green Forest Works employees listed on the Cerulean Warbler Fact Sheet.  An employee with Green Forests Work will contact applicants to set up a site visit and evaluation of the potential project site. Based upon a referral from Green Forests Work, applications will be screened using the Cerulean Warbler Screening Sheet and High and Medium priority applications will be ranked using the Cerulean Warbler Field Ranking Sheet.

FY 2020 application cut-off dates are March 6, 2020.

RCPP-EQIP Payment Schedule

A FY 2020 RCPP-EQIP payment schedule has been developed to cost estimate practices planned for implementation in RCPP-EQIP applications. This payment schedule contains payment scenarios that may not be available in the General EQIP payment schedule.