The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service has set a Dec. 20 deadline for landowners to apply for money to help with projects that enhance wildlife habitat and water supplies. Applications received by that date will have priority for funding in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is for projects that improve habitat on farm, ranch or forest land, especially for endangered or threatened species. The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program is for projects that conserve surface water or groundwater or improve its quality.
For more information, go to www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov or call:
• (209) 491-9320 for Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties
• (209) 472-7127 for San Joaquin and Calaveras counties
• (209) 722-4119 for Merced and Mariposa counties
The agency is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.