WESTERN SLOPE USDA rolls out new partnership-based conservation program
By Bill Tiedje
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new conservation program aimed at creating partnerships among businesses, non-profits and other organizations to support regional soil and water conservation projects.
Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett as well as Rep. Scott Tipton have applauded designation of the Colorado River Basin, which includes most of western Colorado, as a Critical Conservation Area (CCA) in the new program.
Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will contribute $1.2 billion over the next five years to a wide range of eligible project partners, ranging from universities and non-profits to local governments and agriculture producers associations.
These partners will submit project ideas for regional, state and national conservation projects that address particular resource needs.
A competitive grant process will be utilized to determine grant awards.