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State Project: Delaware Bay Soil and Water Quality Protection Initiative

Funds available for conservation activities in Salem County and portions of Cumberland and Gloucester CountiesThis partnership effort focuses on protecting farmland in the Delaware Bay area of New Jersey. In addition to easement acquisitions, New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) will promote participation in NRCS conservation programs to protect soil and water quality and wildlife habitat on preserved farms and forestland. NJCF has established productive partnerships with the agricultural community that will facilitate this outreach. As more farmers in the area implement practices like filter strips, buffers, and cover crop, the soil health of their land will be maintained and improved. Practices like tree planting, invasive plant species control, and forest stand improvement on forested land will keep it productive and improve wildlife habitat. Conservation activities like these will protect the investment made to preserve these properties and help keep farm and forest land in the Delaware Bay area viable for future generations.

The target area includes Salem County and portions of Cumberland and Gloucester Counties. Funding is provided through NRCS Programs and program eligibility and procedures apply.

Contact

Contact Francis Rapa with New Jersey Conservation Foundation at fran@njconservation.org or (908) 997-0732 to learn more about opportunities for farm land preservation through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

To determine if you are eligible for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and to confirm that your farm is in the targeted watersheds, contact:

  • Vineland NRCS at 856-205-1225 x 3 for locations in Cumberland County
  • Woodstown NRCS at 856-769-1126 x 3 for locations in Salem and Gloucester Counties.

  • October 2016 announcementFunds available for conservation activities in Salem County and portions of Cumberland and Gloucester Counties - Apply by November 18 for FY17 assistance for planned conservation activities

updated October 20, 2016