Conservation

Enrollment for Ricelands Waterbird Habitat Projects currently open

Enrollment for Ricelands Waterbird Habitat Projects currently open

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.

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2017 CRC Nesting Cover Study—Last Call for Acres

2017 CRC Nesting Cover Study—Last Call for Acres

We welcome having more cover-cropped fields that will be fallowed in the upcoming growing season to include in our 2017 study.  We are trying to build a case for why beneficial nesting practices should be strongly supported as part of our conservation programs with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Requested Action

If you have cover crops that you will idle, please send a quick note to Paul Buttner at pbuttner@calrice.org.  We may even be able to offer a small incentive payment to include your fields and allow biologists to monitor duck nesting activity.