Two Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership Fund Pools' Grant

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 19, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2019, Jun 22, 2019

Applicant type: Working Professional Indigenous Group For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Fresno County, Los Angeles County, Madera County, Mariposa County, Trinity County

Location of residency: California

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. The purpose of EQIP is to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Two Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership

The United States Forest Service (USFS) and the NRCS have entered into a multi-year partnership to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. The Two Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership to help reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality - and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.

Two Chiefs' EQIP Initiative for Central Sierra Fund Pool 

The purpose of the Joint Chiefs’ Initiative for Central Sierra is to promote community wildfire protection, restoration of ecological processes and initiation of a landscape level response to the ongoing tree mortality epidemic. This project will protect remaining habitat from fire and promote habitat restoration for the future. Damage to soil, water, air, plant and animal resources will be reduced and rehabilitation of impacted resources will be initiated. Treatments will provide enhanced protection to the communities within and adjacent to the boundaries of Sierra National Forest NEPA ready projects that have been severely impacted by tree mortality.

Two Chiefs' EQIP Initiative for South Fork Trinity River and Upper Mad River Fund Pool 

The focus area of this Joint Chiefs’ EQIP Initiative is the South Fork of the Trinity River and the Upper Mad River watersheds located in Trinity County in northwestern California. Spanning both the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests, the largely publicly owned watersheds are interspersed with private timberland, ranches, and six isolated rural communities.

The primary goal of this Joint Chiefs’ Initiative is to provide technical and financial assistance for conservation practices that will increase community wildfire protection and assist in the restoration of ecological process on non-industrial private forestland within the focus area of the Trinity Community Protection and Landscape Restoration Project.

Conservation practices implemented with assistance through this Joint Chiefs’ Initiative can help to establish a sustainable system of shaded fuelbreaks and strategic fuel treatments across the landscape that would reduce the potential for large, high severity fires. The system of fuelbreaks and fuel management will also benefit habitats, sensitive populations, and watersheds by reducing severe fire disturbances, replacing them with higher frequency, yet lower intensity disturbances. 

Two Chiefs' EQIP Initiative for San Gabriel-Sierra Pelona Fund Pool

The purpose of the Joint Chiefs’ Initiative for San Gabriel-Sierra Pelona is to promote healthy and productive forestlands, reduce soil erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect natural water supplies, and reduce wildfire risks of forestlands in the Central Transverse Range within Los Angeles County covering all watersheds which have the Angeles National Forest within them. This initiative will focus on treating private forestland within and adjacent to the Angeles National Forest in order to reduce catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health, improve water quality services, rehabilitate burned lands and improve wildlife habitat.

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  • To be eligible to participate in EQIP, an applicant must meet all of the following producer eligibility criteria:
    • Be an agricultural producer.
    • Have control of the land for the term of the contract period.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions.
    • Be in compliance with adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements.
    • Be within payment limitation requirements.
    • Be within annual payment limitation requirements, if applicable.
    • Have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers.
    • See full details and definitions for Producer Eligibility here
  • To be eligible for EQIP, the land must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Be agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, Tribal land, or other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced.
    • Be privately owned land, eligible public land, or Tribal land.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Planned practices address an identified natural resource concern.
    • Have irrigated 2 out of the last 5 years to install an irrigation-related practice.
    • See full details and definitions for Land Eligibility here.