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NRCS in Wyoming Announces Financial Assistance for Natural Resource Conservation – APPLY TODAY

Contact: 

Kresta Faaborg, ASTC-Programs
307-233-6757

September 25, 2018, Casper, WY - The Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing a funding opportunity through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to provide financial assistance to facilitate adoption of conservation practices for several NRCS National Initiatives and Special Projects.  For consideration in this early funding opportunity, applications must be submitted by November 2, 2018.  EQIP applications are available at your local NRCS Office.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

The EQIP program is a voluntary program that offers financial and technical assistance to eligible agricultural producers to facilitate adoption and improvement of natural resource management, and to increase private land resources sustainability.  The program offers financial incentives to adopt conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, energy conservation and related resources.  Projects to be considered for this early funding cycle include:

  • High Tunnel: High Tunnel Systems for crops assist producers in extending the growing season for high value crops and increase local food production. 
  • Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Initiative: The U.S. Forest Service and NRCS are working together to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands.  Sublette County only.
  • National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI): NWQI helps producers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and pathogen contributions from agricultural land.  Big Horn and Washakie Counties only.
  • Working Lands for Wildlife Sage Grouse Initiative: This Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative focuses on coordination with ranchers to improve habitat for sage-grouse and promote healthy grazing land conservation practices. 
  • Disaster Relief Funding: This effort is to assist producers in Platte and Albany Counties that have been impacted by the Britania Mountain Fire.
  • Conservation Activity Plan (CAP): EQIP funding is available for the development of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP). A CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients.
  • Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program: The program reduces salinity by preventing salts from dissolving and mixing with the river's flow. Irrigation improvements and vegetation management reduce water available to transport salts vertically, laterally and on the soil surface. Point sources, such as saline springs are also controlled. A long term, interstate and interagency public/private partnership effort is being carried out to reduce the amount of salts in the river and its associated impacts in the basin.
  • RCPP – With EQIP only:
    • Upper North Platte Watershed
    • Upper Bear River
    • Northeast Wyoming Sage Grouse Habitat Enhancement
    • Northeast Wyoming Forest Resiliency Project
    • Tongue River Watershed Water Quality and Habitat Improvements

Interested participants must meet the specific funding pool required criteria for to be considered for funding in in this early funding cycle.

To be considered in this FY2019 first funding cycle, applications must be received prior to the cut-off date of November 2.  Applications submitted after the cut-off date or for other fund pools will be considered later in the year.  To determine if your application is eligible for these selected fund pools and for additional information contact your local NRCS office.  Applications are accepted on a continual basis for all financial assistance programs.

 

For more information about applications of NRCS field office locations, please go to the Wyoming NRCS webpage and select CONTACT US. 

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