Investment in CA resources surpasses $200 million
November 21, 2013 by Press release
November 21, 2013, Davis, CA – California’s air, water, soil, wildlife and landscapes all received a healthy boost in federal fiscal year 2013.
More than 2,400 farmers and ranchers joined with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partners to voluntarily invest time and money in protecting and restoring natural resources under their care. Each participant worked with NRCS to create a conservation plan to identify and schedule the conservation practices needed to conserve and protect water, soil, air and habitat on the land.
NRCS California invested $102.8 million in working lands conservation programs, and when contributions by farmers and ranchers are included this figure rises to at least $180 million. Additionally NRCS invested more than $21.1 million in easement projects that preserve and restore California farmlands, wetlands, grasslands and forests.
In 2013, NRCS continued its commitment to helping California’s dairy industry remain healthy and sustainable. NRCS worked with producers to invest $7.2 million in manure management plans and structural practices designed to help dairymen continue their efforts to comply with increasingly stringent California state water quality regulations.