Driftless Area Selected for Federal Conservation Funding
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2013
The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced Wisconsin will receive $1.5 million this year to address conservation needs in the Driftless Area through a special Landscape Conservation Initiative. The focus will be to reduce soil erosion and improve fish and wildlife habitat on the working
lands, woodlands, prairies, and cold water streams in the Driftless Area.
"The Driftless Area is such a unique landscape, having been by-passed by the glaciers of the last Ice Age," says State Conservationist Jimmy Bramblett. "However, its steep and beautiful topography leaves it especially vulnerable to soil erosion. This initiative helps protect and improve an important,
nationally-known region of America."
NRCS officials say farm and woodland owners in the Driftless Area may apply for financial assistance for conservation practices to address resource issues. Many practices are available depending on the land use and conservation need.
Interested landowners should contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for their county. Applications received by March 15 will be considered for this year's funds.