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Natural Resources Conservation Service announces EQIP funding

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado recently announced an application cutoff date of Monday, July 2, 2012, in order to be considered for 2013 funding in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is an incentives program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as forest stand improvement, irrigation system efficiency improvements, cross fencing and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Submitted eligible applications that are received after July 2, 2012, will be considered during a later time and will be processed throughout the fiscal year as needed.

The accelerated timeline for EQIP is intended to provide program participants and NRCS staff more time for quality conservation planning and economic impact analysis. All applications will be evaluated and funded on a watershed basis, with local and watershed workgroup input on conservation priorities.

“Over the years, we have seen exceptional support from landowners for the EQIP program,” said Phyllis Ann Philipps, NRCS state conservationist for Colorado. “This earlier-than-usual deadline allows us to provide better assistance in helping them conserve our natural resources.”

NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives. Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants and wildlife on their land.

Interested applicants may apply at their local NRCS Service Center by calling 731-3615 or stopping by the office at 505A CR 600 (Piedra Road). Applications must be received by close of business on Monday, July 2, 2012.

For additional information on EQIP, you can also visit our website at www.co.nrcs.usda.gov.

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