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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Working Lands for Wildlife

Grants to New Jersey Landowners and Agricultural
Producers to Conserve Eligible Wildlife Species

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - New Jersey

Deadline Date:

08/30/19

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey private landowners and agricultural producers for wildlife conservation activities focused on the Golden-Winged Warbler, American Black Duck, and/or Northern Bobwhite (Bobwhite Quail). Funding is intended to provide technical and financial support to increase conservation efforts and share the cost of conservation practices with landowners in the areas known to support one or more of the selected species. WLFW applications within the defined habitat focal areas will receive highest consideration.

Through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), NRCS works with partners and private landowners to focus voluntary conservation on working landscapes. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers, helping them plan and implement conservation practices that benefit target species and priority landscapes.

NRCS has a broad delivery system to put conservation on the ground at the local level, across the entire country. With nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered with populations on private lands, the ability to work with private landowners and target conservation efforts can have a tremendous impact.

This partnership uses innovative approaches with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to restore and protect priority habitat areas for selected wildlife species. Visit the national NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife page for a current list of WLWF species.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186404

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Producers and landowners can enroll in WLFW.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program open to all eligible agricultural producers including livestock, forestry, and organic production.

Applicants must have current crop and producer records on file with USDA’s Farm Service Agency. They must comply with the adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions and be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements. They must own or control the land for the term of the proposed contract, agree to implement specific eligible conservation practices according to the contract schedule, and have an interest in an agricultural operation. There must be an existing resource concern that can be addressed through an NRCS conservation practice.

Land is not eligible EQIP if it is currently enrolled in another USDA Farm Bill conservation program such as the Wetland Reserve Easement program (WRE) or the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for the same practice on the same land. Land is also ineligible if it is used for mitigation purposes, or if it is publicly owned, unless the publicly owned land is part on an eligible operation.

Pre-Application Information:

The NRCS conservation professional you work with can help you determine which Farm Bill program can help support your proposed project.

EQIP applications can be submitted anytime during the year. EQIP has a continuous sign-up with application cut-off dates to rank and prioritize any new or unfunded applications. A signed application can be filed with the local NRCS office at any time.

A signed application indicates an interest in developing a conservation plan, the first step in the application process.

Application Cut-off Period: August 30, 2019

Eligibility and application process: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd1438652

Current funding opportunities and deadlines: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_018783

Get Started with NRCS: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/newsroom/features/?cid=stelprdb1193811

Application documents: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_018773

General EQIP program information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nj/programs/financial/eqip/

National Working Lands for Wildlife website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/home/?&cid=stelprdb1046975

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to your local NRCS office: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nj/contact/local/?cid=nrcs141p2_018800

State Office
Carrie Lindig, State Conservationist
USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Avenue 4th Floor
Somerset NJ 08873

Phone: 732-537-6041

For a list of specific employees, see: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nj/contact/state/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey