Applicants showed an increased interest in implementing riparian buffers this year. Through these funds, the Partners have designed enhanced riparian buffer incentives to assist landowners and land managers financially in building wildlife habitat, restoring soil health, and maintaining water quality across their land by planting their choice of native trees, shrubs, grasses or forbs. Incentives are designed to compensate for loss of ground and production, and to help protect plantings and control weeds. Producers also showed an overwhelming interest in costshare for direct seed or no-till practices, which reduce erosion and fossil fuel usage.
“The landowners that are planning and implementing their conservation systems are taking care of our ‘Palouse’, a national treasure known for its deep, productive soil,” commented Ray Ledgerwood, Conservation Commission Region Manager.
Palouse Conservation District and Partners have also increased local staff to help plan and implement these producer-led projects through a combination of partner, state, and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service funds. Projects are located throughout parts of Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, and Spokane Counties in Washington, and parts of Latah County in Idaho. Eligible applicants will work with RCPP staff over the winter to develop conservation plans and implement projects. Landowners and producers in the Palouse watershed are eligible to sign up with their local Conservation District and are encouraged to call or visit for more details.
Laura Heinse, Conservation Partnership Manager, notes that she is very excited about the great response from local landowners to improve their land and practices.
“The RCPP allows our planners to provide applicants with a bunch of different funding sources, so that applicants can plan more holistically across their land. We are working hard to make sure these funds are going on the ground to turn the dial for conservation in the Palouse watershed.”
To apply for assistance or to learn more, visit your local Conservation District or NRCS office, the Palouse Land Trust Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, or call the Palouse Conservation District at 509-332-4101.