NCRS California Allocates $1 Million to Fund Tribal-Specific Conservation

By TRT Staff Writer

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) in California has partnered with California’s tribal nations to make $1 million available to help tribal farmers and ranchers put additional conservation on the ground. Tribal nations have historically had unequal access to financial resources, due to the unique and tradition-based conservation practices typically practiced by tribes. The additional funding will improve access to federal conservation dollars. This targeted funding will provide enhanced opportunities for California tribes to remain active players in conservation issues in the state, ranging from water usage to fire management. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 3, 2012 for consideration. Funding will be distributed through two statewide and three landscape tribal resource priority areas.

The statewide  priorities area aimed at restoring and managing native plant species, improving water quality, reducing soil erosion and a handful of other resource concerns. There are 109 Federally Recognized American Indian tribes in California. There are at least 69 Non-Federally Recognized tribes in California petitioning for federal recognition. The federally recognized tribes have jurisdiction over 635,739 acres of Tribal Trust Land in California. For more info. visit ncrs.usda.gov.

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December 1st, 2011

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