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Funding available through Sage Grouse Initiative

The deadline is March 16 for Oregon ranchers to apply for funding through the Sage Grouse Initiative.

By GEORGE PLAVEN

Capital Press

Published on March 5, 2018 9:54AM

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial assistance to ranchers to improve habitat for the sage grouse and other wildlife.

Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering financial assistance to ranchers to improve habitat for the sage grouse and other wildlife.

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Financial assistance is available for Oregon ranchers through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the health of private rangelands, while also bolstering habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.

The Sage Grouse Initiative, started in 2010 to avoid a potential listing of sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, offers funding and planning for projects such as juniper tree removal, treating invasive grasses, developing new grazing strategies and installing wildlife-friendly livestock watering structures.

The initiative is a partnership between ranchers, agencies, universities, nonprofit groups and businesses to promote wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching. Since it began, the NRCS has invested $27.9 million in the program, assisting 261 ranchers on more than 435,000 acres of rangeland across the state.

The next application deadline is Friday, March 16. For more information and directions on how to apply, contact your local NRCS district office.

More information about the Sage Grouse Initiative can also be found online at www.sagegrouseinitative.com.



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