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Conservation Connection e-blast - December 21, 2011

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announces ranking cut-off date for Conservation Stewardship Program

farm sceneUSDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012. Massachusetts farmers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

USDA to help restore Western Mass. rivers and streams damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) graphicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has approved nearly $2.8 million in federal funds to help Western Massachusetts towns recover from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene along rivers and streams. The agency will provide help for emergency protection work for town roads, sewer lines, and buildings at 35 sites in 14 towns in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog

Water quality protection goes underground at Barley Neck Road, Orleans

Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project graphicSo far, this blog has told the story of the fish passage and salt marsh restoration components of the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project (CCWRRP), but there is also a lot of work going on to improve the quality of water that runs off of roads after rainstorms. This water is referred to as "stormwater," and when it is not treated, it has the potential to degrade the water quality of our saltmarshes. One of the first CCWRRP stormwater projects completed this year was at Barley Neck Road in Orleans. The project took only 10 days to complete.

USDA Reminds Native American Farmers and Ranchers that Keepseagle Settlement Claims Filing Period Closes Dec. 27 USDA logo

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2011 - Janie Hipp, Senior Adviser to Secretary Vilsack for Tribal Relations, today reminded Native American farmers and ranchers that the period to file a claim in the Keepseagle class action settlement remains open through December 27, 2011.

USDA Establishes Advisory Board for Native American Farmers and Ranchers USDA logo

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2011 - Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today announced the establishment of a special advisory board to help USDA officials ensure Native Americans participate in and benefit from USDA programs. The board is being put in place as part of the Keepseagle settlement.

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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

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