Friday, March 19, 2010

Sage Grouse Conservation



New Initiative offers funding for sage-grouse conservation

Boise--Two Natural Resources Conservation Service programs offer potential funding for conserving or enhancing sage-grouse habitat on private agriculture land in Idaho. Producers can apply for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) now through April 23, 2010.

“This new initiative will help Idaho proactively support sage-grouse conservation,” said Jeff Burwell, NRCS State Conservationist. “Landowners have the opportunity to voluntarily undertake practices that improve sage-grouse habitat and get financial assistance from NRCS to do so.”


Idaho will receive a portion of the $16 million national Sage-grouse Initiative allocation. Funding through EQIP or WHIP will be applied to conservation practices to improve sage grouse habitat.


“The Initiative will pay a percentage of the costs for implementing certain conservation practices,” said Burwell. “Examples of those practices include retrofitting existing fences to increase their visibility and reduce sage-grouse mortality; installing escape ramps for wildlife in watering facilities; deferring grazing in nesting areas to increase residual cover and increase brood survival rates; and treating noxious or invasive weeds to improve range condition and sage-grouse habitat.”


NRCS is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to offer both technical and financial assistance to private landowners for sage-grouse related projects that reduce threats to sage-grouse habitat on agriculture land.


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