The CRC and its partners are now moving forward with the implementation of the third year of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This program, which continues many of the practices in the Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP), was made possible by a multi-year $7 million RCPP grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
We are pleased to continue offering beneficial waterbird conservation practices through RCPP and the BirdReturns Program. Many related program enrollment activities are set to occur beginning this June including a CRC Conservation Programs Workshop set for June 6 to discuss both the NRCS and BirdReturns Programs.
What programs and resources will this effort include?
- NRCS will continue working with us to implement the Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP), with emphasis on attracting new participants.
- The BirdReturns Program, now a component of RCPP, will operate for at least a few more seasons.
- Activities of our California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation will continue administering rice industry-funded RCPP conservation projects (matching funds) by investing them into BirdReturns and also strive to attract other investments into riceland waterbird enhancement projects.