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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2017 CRC Nesting Cover Study—Last Call for Acres

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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.