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USDA, tribal nations offer funds for conservation

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in California and the state’s tribal nations are again partnering to offer funding to tribal farmers, ranchers and private forest operators who want to implement conservation measures on their lands.

While applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be accepted throughout 2015, the NRCS is encouraging eligible farmers and ranchers to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications be screened in set periods: April 17, June 19 and July 17.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, covers conservation efforts to improve and manage forest health, reduce wildfire threats, maintain range lands, maintain water quality, reduce soil erosion, improve irrigation and water efficiency and restore native plants for traditional American Indian food and fiber production.

NRCS California encourages applicants to work with a conservationist at the nearest NRCS. To find a local office, go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture service center locator at usda.gov. Applications can be downloaded online. More information is at nrcs.usda.gov, or by calling (530) 792-5600.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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