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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Conservation Programs Workshop planned September 5

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The California Rice Commission (CRC) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Conservation Programs Workshop to update growers on current conservation opportunities. This workshop will provide information of CRC’s efforts to pursue more Natural Resources Conservation Service funding for annual wildlife practices, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation’s new waterbird habitat program starting this spring, as well as an update on California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s winter flooding program.

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For his role stewarding several significant rice wildlife programs, California Rice Commission Environmental Affairs Manager Paul Buttner was honored at today’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego.

Buttner received the ninth annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, for shepherding many unique conservation programs and fostering strong partnerships that pay significant dividends for the industry.

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