Tag Archives: Conservation

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

(Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Land Overlooking Great Falls is Preserved

Paterson's iconic Great Falls (Credit: NorthJersey.com)
Once slated for a large housing complex, an area overlooking the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, will instead be preserved under a $5.7 million open space purchase. The purchase is among the first wave of land acquisitions under the newly restored Green Acres program, which had been without a dedicated funding source for years. That changed in 2014 when voters approved a constitutional amendment that provided corporate tax money for open space purchases. Read more... Read more

USDA Commits $32 Million to Protect Natural Resources Through Joint Chiefs’ Partnership

Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska's Tongass National Park (Source: americanforests.org)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public forests and grasslands connect to privately-owned lands. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service will invest the new funds in fiscal year 2017 to add ten new projects and support 26 partnership projects already underway. Federal, state, and local partners will bring an additional $30... Read more

Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

Sherwood Forest (Source: Tennessee Division of Natural Areas)
The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

National Conservation Innovation Grants

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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. Through CIG, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. Applications due January 9, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Voters Approve Billions for Local Parks and Natural Areas

Yosemite National Park’s western boundary has expanded to include Ackerson Meadow, above. (Credit Robb Hirsch / The Trust for Public Land)
Voters across the nation approved local and state ballot measures providing more than $6 billion for land conservation, parks, and restoration. Many of the ballot measures called for tax increases or bonds. There were 86 local protection measures on the ballot and 68 passed, providing $6.3 billion for conservation, said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land. Read more... Read more
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