U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced on February 12th that the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) created by the 2014 Farm Bill will, with its partners across the nation, have up to $720 million to grant toward projects that will help communities with supporting wildlife habitat, among other goals. Projects are selected competitively, and must at least match the USDA commitment.
There are currently two projects being funded in Wisconsin that specifically address natural landscaping:
- Driftless Area Habitat for the Wild and Rare – NRCS and DU along with 30 other partners will restore prairie, oak woodlands and streams with native species found in the DA landscape.
- Improving Working Lands for Monarch Butterflies — NRCS will assist the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and 12 other partners in restoring, managing and conserving wildlife habitat for monarch butterflies on agricultural and tribal lands.
To see a list of projects for 2016 and to learn how to apply go to USDA Natural Resources conservation Service.