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$1.2 Million Going To Alaskans Though NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


Palmer, July 13, 2010 - The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Alaska State Conservationist Bob Jones announced today that NRCS Alaska is obligating $1.2 to Alaskan landowners in 2010 through the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  "Landowners enrolled more than 174 thousand acres of cropland, pastureland, rangeland, and forestland in the program," Jones said.  "All but three thousand of those acres are non-industrial private forestland and most of those acres are in the Kodiak and Kenai areas."

CSP provides financial and technical assistance to eligible agricultural and forestry producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land, and encourages producers to voluntarily implement more conservation practices and improve, maintain and manage existing ones.

Lands accepted into CSP include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial private forestland-a new land use for the program-and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Alaska Native entity or Indian tribe. Individual landowners/operators, legal entities, corporations, Alaska Native entities, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for CSP assistance.

For additional information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, please visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/new_csp or contact your local NRCS field office. The Alaska NRCS office phone numbers are: Aniak (907) 675-4269, Copper Center (907) 822-4484, Delta Junction (907) 895-4241, Dillingham (907) 842-3240, Fairbanks (907) 479-3159, Homer (907) 235-8177, Juneau (907) 586-7220, Kenai (907)283-8732, Kodiak (907) 486-5598, Nome (907) 443-6096, and Wasilla (907)373-6492. Contact information for the offices in Alaska is also available at www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/fieldoffices.html.

NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. NRCS provides financial assistance for many conservation activities. Participation in programs is voluntary and non-regulatory.

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