Conservation Districts receive Funding

USDA awards significant portion of CCPI funding to Conservation Districts, including California.

Published on: Jun 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $4.5 million in funding to conservation districts across the country to implement conservation practices on agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced June 8th that over $10 million in financial and technical assistance would be available to producers in 13 states. Conservation districts from seven of those states received funds, including California, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

"We're extremely pleased to see conservation districts being recognized for their critical role in helping producers implement conservation measures on their operations," says National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt. "The fact that districts were awarded a significant portion of these funds demonstrates their proven track-record of success when it comes to working with local landowner customers to enhance clean air, water, soils and wildlife habitat in their communities."

This is a photo of a fishing survey on the Feather River. The Butte Conservation District received funding for the Lower Feather River/Honcut Creek Watershed Action Plan.
This is a photo of a fishing survey on the Feather River. The Butte Conservation District received funding for the Lower Feather River/Honcut Creek Watershed Action Plan.

Fifteen of the 38 selected proposals will directly support the work of conservation districts. Now that approved projects have been announced, qualified farmers, ranchers and private landowners located in a project area may apply for one of three programs, which may be approved for assistance by the NRCS. These programs—the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program—will help leverage additional services and resources from non-federal partners.

Proposals submitted by eligible partners were evaluated and competitively ranked for consideration of the NRCS program to support the project.

California and Arizona projects selected and award amount

AZ

 

Willcox-San Simon NRCD

Bonita Grassland Restoration

$200,000

AZ

 

Navajo Nation Dept. Of Water Resources

San Juan Farm Irrigation System Improvements

$100,000

CA

 

South Coast Resource Cons. & Dev. Council

Southern California Forest Restoration Project

$193,953

CA

 

Butte County Resource Conservation District

Lower Feather River/Honcut Creek Watershed Action Plan

$500,000