The State of Nevada, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other partners are moving forward with a Regional Conservation Protection Partnership (RCPP) effort, which will make financial and technical assistance available to producers to support conservation projects that protect/improve greater sage grouse (GRSG) habitat on private lands. Agricultural producers interested in generating and enrolling GRSG habitat credits into the Nevada CCS are encouraged to apply for these special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds through the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP.
Eligible conservation practices may include, but are not limited to, sagebrush establishment, perennial grass and/or forb seeding, riparian and/or meadow enhancements, cross-fencing, off-stream watering for livestock and wildlife, and removal of phase 1 and 2 pinyon juniper encroachment. In addition, applicants are expected to apply for practice code 645, high intensity upland wildlife habitat management, which is planned to be implemented in cooperation with the State and its partners. Selected applicants will also be asked to have habitat measured so that pre-project habitat function and CCS credit potential are quantified, to develop and implement a management plan to maintain high quality GRSG habitat, and should anticipate cooperating with the State of Nevada to ensure the objectives for this RCPP effort are met.
Applications are now being accepted and must be received before 4 p.m. on July 17, 2017 by NRCS to be considered in the first project funding period. Applications submitted thereafter will be considered within the next round of funding, likely to take place in the Summer of 2018. See the following link for the official announcement from the NRCS State Office: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nv/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1333815