Conservation

Deadlines looming to enroll into 2017 Waterbird Habitat Programs

Deadlines looming to enroll into 2017 Waterbird Habitat Programs

The CRC and its partners are currently seeking enrollment into the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and BirdReturns Program. On June 6, 2017, CRC hosted an informative Conservation Programs Workshop where details of these programs were discussed. The workshop presentations are included here (RCPP / BirdReturns).

RCPP continues many of the practices in the Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP) and is made possible by a multi-year $7 million RCPP grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Payment rates for this program can be viewed on page 10 of the RCPP Workshop presentation noted above. CRC is strongly advising growers to visit their local NRCS offices by no later than Friday, June 23 to start the application process.

Bids are currently being accepted to the BirdReturns Program for shallow flooding projects this Fall. The bid submission deadline is Monday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m. The Nature Conservancy is holding their “office hours” on Thursday, June 15 from 12:00-2:00 p.m in the Morse Conference Room, Colusa Library, 738 Market St., Colusa. This is good opportunity to talk directly with TNC about the details of BirdReturns prior to submitting a bid.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Buttner at pbuttner@calrice.org or (916) 206-5340.

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