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Program to help ranchers preserve habitat for frog, salamander

Ranchers in a California county have until Dec. 20 to apply for a program to help them apply conservation practices to benefit several species.

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Ranchers in Alameda County, Calif., have until Dec. 20 to apply for a program to help them apply conservation practices to support several species.

The Wildlife-Friendly Livestock Pond Rangeland Health Initiative, funded through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides financial help for practices that support habitats for the California red-legged frog and tiger salamander in existing livestock ponds, a news release explains.

For information, contact the NRCS office here at (925) 371-0154.

The program comes as the NRCS announced it spent $102.8 million on conservation programs and another $21.1 million for easement projects in California in fiscal 2013.

The NRCS works with farmers and ranchers throughout the state to address resource concerns on individual farms and ranches, but the agency also spends money on focused initiatives, such as $15 million in the past year on projects to improve the vast Bay-Delta Watershed, according to a news release.



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