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Conservation partners to target salmon habitat in Whatcom County

LYNDEN, Wash. (Jan. 7, 2022) – The Whatcom Conservation District is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to provide financial and technical assistance for landowners and producers to improve salmon habitat in Water Resource Inventory Area 1 (Whatcom County) in the northern Puget Sound area.

Financial assistance is being offered through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program: Land Management for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). Projects must be within the WRIA 1 watershed which covers the majority 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 and forest access roads to restore fish passage and place wood in priority stream reaches to improve fish habitat.

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. Applicants wanting to be considered for FY22 funds must complete all application paperwork by Feb. 7, 2022.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, FSA, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at

For additional information please contact your local NRCS office or local project lead: Frank Corey, Resource Coordinator with Whatcom Conservation District at (360) 410-6864.

Program Contact
Frank Corey
Resource Coordinator
Whatcom Conservation District
(360) 410-6864
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