Private agricultural landowners who are interested in becoming involved as participants in Nevada’s Conservation Credit System (CCS) for sage grouse conservation might need to do some pre-habitat improvement projects to enhance their ability to participate in the credit system.
The State of Nevada and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are now partnering on a Regional Conservation Protection Partnership effort, which will make financial and technical assistance available to producers to support conservation projects that protect and/or improve greater sage grouse habitat on private lands.
Agricultural producers interested in generating and enrolling their property into the Nevada Conservation Credit System for sage grouse habitat credits are encouraged to apply for these special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds through the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP.
Eligible conservation practices may include, but are not limited to, sagebrush establishment, perennial grass and/or forb seeding, riparian and/or meadow enhancements, cross-fencing, off-stream watering for livestock and wildlife, and removal of phase 1 and 2 pinyon juniper encroachment. In addition, applicants are expected to apply for practice code 645, high intensity upland wildlife habitat management, which is planned to be implemented with the help of the State and its partners. Selected applicants will also be asked to have habitat measured so that available credits for the CCS are quantified, to develop and implement a management plan to maintain high quality GRSG habitat, and should anticipate cooperating with the State of Nevada to ensure the objectives for this RCPP effort are met.
Applications are now being accepted and must be received before 4 p.m. on July 17, 2017 by NRCS to be considered in the first project funding period. See the following link for the official announcement from the NRCS State Office: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nv/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1333815