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Funding available for Western Maine landowners to improve biodiversity

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BANGOR (Jan. 30, 2019) – Are you a landowner in western Maine, and do you have stream/road crossings on your land that might pose a problem for fish passage? Are you interested in improving fish and wildlife habitat on your land? If so, you may be eligible for funding through the Maine Mountain Collaboration for Fish and Wildlife project to improve fish and wildlife habitat and biodiversity in Western Maine.

This funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which is a collaboration between Maine Audubon, the American Forest Foundation, the New England Forest Foundation, the Trust for Public Land, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The batching period deadline for Aquatic Organism Passage (aka Fish Passage) applications to be considered for funding in FY 2019 is Feb. 15, 2019.

We are looking for landowners who are interested in signing up for this funding, and we’re here to help you through the process. Eligible landowners will receive funds to help restore high-value aquatic networks from habitat fragmentation and degradation by improving stream/road crossings. The overall goal of the Maine Mountain Collaboration for Fish and Wildlife is to improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Western Mountains region by creating habitat conditions priority birds and other wildlife need and by improving fish and wildlife passage in streams.


You can see if your property is in the project area by reviewing the map here or by contacting your local NRCS office for more site-specific information. Staff at NRCS can also help you through the next steps in the process.


Contact your local field office for more information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/me/contact/local/


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