Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s landmark agreement to accelerate and focus conservation efforts benefitting ranchers and the Bi-State population of sage grouse straddling the Nevada/California border. USDA will provide up to $25.5 million of conservation investments as part of its contribution to delivering the federal, state and local 2012 Bi-State Action Plan. USDA’s announcement was bolstered by Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) companion announcement which provided an additional $6.5 million boost to proactive bi-state recovery. This combined announcement marks the single largest sage grouse restoration commitment in history and serves as a shining example of proactive conservation at its best.
View the press release, commitment letters and detailed action plans here:
USDA Press Release
USDA’s NRCS and Forest Service
For more information, contact Tim Griffiths, SGI National Coordinator, 406.600.3908.
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