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note that one of the conservation innovation grants is in michigan . . . 
cheers,
craig
craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan agricultural experiment station
national food safety and toxicology center
institute for food and agricultural standards
michigan state university
http://www.msu.edu/~harrisc/ 


Conservation Resource Alliance (Michigan)
$500,000
Northern Michigan WildLink--An Innovative Tribal Partnership for Regional
Habitat Conservation
Northwest Michigan is home to a number of world-class coldwater rivers and
vast forest and wetland resources.  Because the region is undergoing such
tremendous growth, fragmentation and loss of ecological habitat are the
topmost concerns of resource managers.  The proposed project is a joint
initiative of the Conservation Resource Alliance, a regional resource
conservation and development council in northern lower Michigan, and the
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (one of 12 federally recognized
tribes in Michigan).  The primary project goal is to test and use the
innovative "Wild Link" approach to deliver Farm Bill services to a broad
base of customers.  Secondary goals are to restore and protect critical
ecological corridors on a regional scale in rapidly developing northwest
Michigan watersheds and to establish a model for integrating tribal
interests and participation into both Wild Link and the USDA's Farm Bill
programs.


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From: Environmental News and Announcements [mailto:Enviro-News@NAL.USDA.GOV]
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Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:43 AM
To: Enviro-News@NAL.USDA.GOV
Subject: [ENVIRO-NEWS] USDA Provides more than 19 Million to Fund
Conservation Technologies and Approaches

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USDA Provides more than $19 Million to Fund Conservation Technologies and
Approaches National and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation Innovation
Grants Awarded

Mary Cressel (202) 690-0547 

MONTEVIDEO, Va., Aug. 24, 2005-U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Bruce Knight today announced
that 54 projects in 40 states and Guam will receive more than $19 million in
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).

"These grants provide opportunities for public-private partnerships that
stimulate innovative technologies and approaches to environmental
enhancement and protection on working agricultural lands," Knight said at an
event with Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA). "These cooperative conservation
projects will help farmers and ranchers address their current conservation
needs."

Grants will fund the development and adoption of innovative technologies and
approaches through pilot projects and conservation field trials. The total
value of the projects, including the recipients' match of at least 50
percent, is more than $44 million.

Selected CIG projects address issues such as agricultural air emissions,
water quality improvement, water conservation, livestock nutrient management
and market-based approaches to conservation. CIG projects provide a testing
program for cutting-edge advances in conservation technologies and
approaches.

NRCS administers CIG as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP). Eligible governmental and nongovernmental organizations and
individuals submitted 150 national project proposals and 26 Chesapeake Bay
Watershed proposals for single or multi-year projects involving producers
who are eligible for EQIP.

Of the total amount of the grants, more than $4.5 million will fund 12
projects that address natural resource concerns in the Chesapeake Bay
Watershed. The watershed covers more than 64,000 square miles over parts of
Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Grant recipients include 16 universities, 13 nongovernmental organizations,
four agribusinesses, six state governments, four resource conservation and
development councils, six conservation districts and two individuals.
Selected proposals receive grants for up to 50 percent of the total project
cost and must provide nonfederal matching funds for at least 50 percent of
the project cost. The federal contribution may not exceed $1 million for a
single project.

The CIG grant announcement today compliments USDA's cooperative conservation
efforts across government with numerous partners.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and other top USDA officials will
participate in the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St.
Louis, Mo., next week to help launch a new conservation dialogue and
philosophy for the 21st century. Approximately 1,200 leaders from federal,
state, local and tribal government, industry, academia, non-profit
environmental organizations and private landowners are expected to attend.

Additional information on CIG and summaries of the 54 selected projects can
be found at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig .
 
[deletions; for list of recipients see
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/news/releases/2005/cig82405.html ]

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partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our
natural resources and environment.

An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

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