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NRCS-NY Announces an Extension to the Application Cutoff Date for NRCS-NY Tribal Set-Aside Initiative

Rebecca Foltasz
(315) 477-6508

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N. Y., January 18, 2019New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an extension to the application cutoff date for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) NY Tribal Initiative. The new application cutoff date will be January 31, 2019.

The conservation practices and conservation activity plans (CAPs) available under the set-aside will include all practices and plans offered in all of NY NRCS EQIP funding codes with an emphasis on soil health, wildlife habitat enhancement and forest management.

Funds will only be available to qualifying tribal government applicants or tribal members managing lands, within the territories of the eight federally recognized American Indian tribes and nations, in New York.

These include: the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, the Tuscarora Indian Nation, the Cayuga Nation of New York, the Onondaga Nation, the Oneida Indian Nation, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Individuals of American Indian ancestry, managing lands off tribal territories, may apply for the General EQIP. Non-American Indian operators of tribal lands may be eligible as participants in Tribal set-aside EQIP contracts, provided tribal governments or members are also participants in the contract.

Tribal set-aside applications will be due by January 31, 2019. Tribal government representatives and individual tribal members interesting in program applications or more details should contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

NRCS will work with applicants to review potential resource concerns on the land included in the application and to develop a conservation plan to address the identified resource concerns.

Applications accepted after January 31, 2019 will be considered in the next signup. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment.

If you are interested in applying for an NRCS conservation program please visit our web site for information on applying HERE

You may apply by visiting your local NRCS field office, which can be located using THIS TOOL 



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