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The California NRCS provides $1.3 million for sage grouse and flycatcher projects

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1.3 million to spend in California on initiatives to protect sage-grouse and southwestern willow flycatcher.

The grants, part of the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife partnership, typically provide 50 to 70% of the support required for projects.

“We are proud to invest more than $1 million this year to help farmers and ranchers protect these important species on working lands,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS California State Conservation Officer. “Agriculture knows that healthy habitat for species benefits their operations, and NRCS is committed to helping producers achieve their conservation goals.”

WLFW is funded through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), “the agency's flagship conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest owners integrate conservation into working lands,” NTCS said. The Service works with federal and state agencies, conservation groups and landowners.

The Sage Grouse Initiative “focuses on improving sagebrush habitat on private lands by addressing threats to sustainable grazing operations” to maximize benefits to sage grouse populations, NRCS said.

The Flycatcher Initiative “provides technical and financial assistance to help landowners voluntarily restore riparian areas on private lands.”

Anna Harden

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