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Partners in Conservation to Target Salmon Habitat in Whatcom County

Contacts: 


Jeff Harlow, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs,
509-323-2971

Frank Corey, Resource Coordinator, Whatcom Conservation District
360 410-6864

 

Spokane, Wash. (May 1, 2018) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to provide financial and technical assistance for landowners and producers wanting to improve salmon habitat in Water Resource Inventory Area 1 (Whatcom County) in northern Puget Sound. Financial assistance will be provided through special Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for fiscal year 2018.

Projects may be located in most of Whatcom County.  Practices eligible for funding include Aquatic Organism Passage and Stream Habitat Improvement and Management.   Partners will work with producers to replace culverts on farm access roads to restore fish passage and will place wood in priority stream reaches to improve fish habitat. 

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

Eligible producers and entities interested in applying for financial assistance through this special EQIP sign-up may apply any time.

Funding is limited, and applications will be subject to a ranking system. In order to be eligible, it is important that interested parties visit their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible to ensure that their farm records are established.

For additional information regarding applying for assistance, please contact the NRCS office in Everson, WA at 360-592-6095 or the Whatcom Conservation District at 360-410-6864.

 

 

 

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