Conservation

Ricelands Salmon Project Update & TV News Story

Ricelands Salmon Project Update & TV News Story

It has been about six weeks since we concluded our fieldwork and drained our Ricelands Salmon Project field. Our primary objective was to practice the draft salmon management practice on a full-sized rice field and assess the extent to which natural-origin or “wild” salmon used the 125-acre Sutter Bypass rice field after the floodwaters had receded.  A special shout-out goes to Steve Neader for the use of his fields and his continued willingness to devote his time and energy into helping to us to test-out the draft management practice.

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RCPP Final Application Reminder

RCPP Final Application Reminder

The application deadline for practices through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is fast approaching. To be eligible for participating in any practices this spring or fall, producers must sign up by May 1, 2023. Applications must be submitted through Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices. Below is a summary of the practices that are currently open for enrollment. 

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Enrollment Opportunity Reminder for Idled Rice Acres

Enrollment Opportunity Reminder for Idled Rice Acres

We are looking for fallow rice fields that will be idled during the 2023 growing season and have cover crops or significant volunteer vegetation on them. The RCPP will pay rice farmers $24.71/acre to leave vegetation undisturbed for the waterfowl nesting season (April 1 – July 15) and allow access to monitor nesting activity. To sign up, please visit your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office and ask about this practice.

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Reminder – RCPP Enrollments Closing Soon

Reminder – RCPP Enrollments Closing Soon

If you are interested in participating or enrolling in any of the RCPP practices this year, you must get your application into in your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by Friday, January 13, 2023. See below for a list of the available practices this round. 

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