[Ok-sus] USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Stephanie Jeffords buzzardroostranch at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 00:50:06 UTC 2014


I wonder what that will do to deter drilling and fracking?

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Miles, Karen <karen.miles at deq.ok.gov>
wrote:

>  All of Oklahoma, except for the east and south east parts, are in the
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> USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy
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> *Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity
> in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others*
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> WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced
> today that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help
> landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands
> across the nation. The USDA initiative will benefit wildlife and promote
> outdoor recreation and related sectors of the economy.
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> "Conservation easements help farmers and ranchers protect valuable
> agricultural lands from development, restore lands that are best suited for
> grazing, and return wetlands to their natural conditions," Vilsack said.
> "These easements are making a dramatic and positive impact for our food
> supply, rural communities and species habitat."
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> The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement
> Program (ACEP), which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical
> wetlands and encourage producers to keep lands in farming and ranching.
> Approximately 380 projects nationwide were selected to protect and restore
> 32,000 acres of prime farmland, 45,000 acres of grasslands and 52,000 acres
> of wetlands. A summary of ACEP
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> funding provided to each state can be found online.
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> In addition to protecting cropland and critical habitats, conservation
> strengthens outdoor recreation and helps boost the economy. According to
> the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, annual United States
> conservation spending totals $38.8 billion, but it produces $93.2 billion
> of economic output throughout the economy - 2.4 times more than what is put
> in. This output takes the form of more than 660,500 jobs, $41.6 billion in
> income and a $59.7 billion contribution to national Gross Domestic Product,
> or GDP.
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> Through ACEP, private or tribal landowners and eligible conservation
> partners working with landowners can request assistance from USDA to
> protect and enhance agricultural land through an agricultural or wetland
> easement.
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> These easements deliver many long-term benefits. For example, this year's
> projects will:
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>    - Improve water quality and wetland storage capacity in the California
>    Bay Delta region;
>    - Reduce flooding along the Mississippi and Red rivers;
>    - Provide and protect habitat for threatened, endangered and at-risk
>    species including sage grouse, bog turtles, Florida panthers, Louisiana
>    black bear, and whooping cranes to recover populations and reduce
>    regulatory burdens; and
>    - Protect prime agricultural land under high risk of development in
>    urban areas to help secure the nation's food supply and jobs in the
>    agricultural sector.
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> ACEP consolidates three former Natural Resources Conservation Service
> (NRCS) easement programs – Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program,
> Grasslands Reserve Program and Wetlands Reserve Program – into two
> components. One component protects farmlands and grasslands, and the other
> protects and restores agricultural wetlands.
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> "The 2014 Farm Bill streamlined USDA's major easement programs into one,
> putting the important benefits of protecting farmlands, grasslands and
> wetlands all under one roof to make it as easy as possible for landowners
> to participate," Vilsack said.
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> Find more information on ACEP
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> President Obama and his administration have supported historic investments
> in conserving clean air, land and water through programs like ACEP, USDA's
> innovative new Regional Conservation Partnership Program
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> and many others. ACEP is also one of the many steps USDA is taking to
> create modern solutions to the challenge of climate change as part of
> President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The Administration's plan
> responsibly cuts carbon pollution, slows the long-term effects of climate
> change, helps farmers and others deal with the present-day impact of
> drought and other severe weather, increases the availability of American
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> Today's announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm
> Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five
> years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings
> for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to
> implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing
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