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Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Partnership Efforts Target Local Resource Concerns
NRCS seeks ag producers and non-industrial private forest landowners to apply for financial, technical assistance
Spokane, WA (May 2, 2012) –Today, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) announced that it anticipates availability of funding for salmon
recovery efforts in the Puget Sound. Producers can receive funding to implement
conservation practices that address fish passage, and water quality and habitat
improvement within fish-bearing areas in the Puget Sound region. Using funds
from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will provide
financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation
practices such as planting woody buffers, replacing culverts to remove fish
barriers, and decommissioning or replacing manure storage systems along
Eligible producers include those located within the Puget Sound region who have the desire to address resource concerns on their land that directly impact fish passage, fish habitat enhancement, manure storage management, and water quality in fish-bearing habitat. The Puget Sound region includes the Puget Sound Basin, Hood Canal, the San Juan Island area, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Owners of land in agricultural or forest production, or people engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land may participate in this effort.
To apply for EQIP, applicants must have a profile established in the Service Center Information System (SCIMS) accessed through USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) and meet EQIP eligibility requirements. NRCS is encouraging interested landowners to visit their local NRCS field office and complete an EQIP application during the sign-up period. For more information on eligibility and how to apply for EQIP, producers should visit: http://www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/app_process.html.
For application assistance or for more information regarding Puget Sound
Salmon Recovery Partnership funding, contact your local NRCS field office.
Location information can be obtained at the NRCS Washington web site:
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