Community Development Digest

Conservation

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WV Conservation Group Receives Corps Accreditation

Following an in-depth evaluation of internal operations, financial management practices, risk management practices, governance standards and youth programming operations, the West Virginia-based Citizens Conservation Corps has received accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence, the national accrediting body for Service and Conservation Corps.

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Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range, Pasture Lands

Farmers and ranchers beginning Sept. 1 can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

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RCPP Pre-Proposal Deadline Fast Approaching

Eligible conservation coalitions interested in the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) have about a week to submit pre-proposals to improve soil health, preserve clean water, combat drought and protect wildlife habitat.

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USDA Secretary Uses Wyoming Visit to Underscore Wildfire Costs

While his tour was intended to demonstrate how forests in Wyoming support more than 4.1 million national forest visits -- about half of which come from residents of Wyoming -- it also provided USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack with an opportunity to talk about the rising cost of fighting wildfires.

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USDA Identifies 800,000 Acres for Conservation Reserve Program

Under the program, participants establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration typically runs between 10 and 15 years.

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USDA Moves to Protect Key Portion of Appalachian Trail

"By acquiring this land, we are continuing the Campbell family's conservation ethic, and preserving clean drinking water with the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The view enjoyed by thousands of Appalachian Trail hikers will remain untouched for future generations," says Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Arthur "Butch" Blazer.

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Feds to Spend $73 Million This Year on Dam Rehab

About 150 projects and assessments in 23 states will be funded.

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USDA Reminds Farmers to File Conservation Form Before Deadline

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1 in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

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Ft. Huachuca, NAS Patuxent in ‘Sentinel Landscape’ Partnership

The Sentinel Landscapes program provides an important way to engage partners in proactive conservation while helping ensure the preservation of working landscapes and our military readiness.

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Major Project to Clean Waterways in Mississippi River Basin

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $10 million this year in 27 new high-priority watersheds and 13 existing projects that will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. This investment is part of a commitment of $100 million over four years to address critical water quality concerns in priority watersheds while boosting rural economies.

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