04-19-17 NRCS’ WLFW Initiative Targets Colorado’s Native Cutthroat Trout

NRCS’ WLFW Initiative Targets Colorado’s Native Cutthroat Trout

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Applications are being accepted until May 19, 2017

April 12, 2017, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado recently announced its 2017 Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Cutthroat Trout Initiative.  The Initiative is aimed at helping landowners and partners increase drought resiliency and habitat conditions across the native cutthroat trout landscape. Interested landowners must submit applications by Friday, May 19, 2017 by 4:00p.m.

“It’s important for NRCS in Colorado to make saving the cutthroat trout a priority,” shares Randy Randall, Acting State Conservationist in Colorado.  “The trout has evolved into one of the most interesting and diverse species of fish as a direct result its habitat which is rugged mountainous terrain.”

Of the 14 recognized subspecies of cutthroat trout, four evolved in Colorado including the Colorado River, Greenback, Rio Grande and extinct Yellowfin.  The three surviving species in Colorado have either been petitioned to be listed or are currently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

NRCS will use Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding to implement the Initiative.  EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns.  Producers must submit a complete program application and establish “farm records”, along with other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.

EQIP WLFW Cutthroat Trout Initiative applications must be submitted to the local NRCS field office located within the local USDA Service Center that services your county.  All applications must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, May 19, 2017.  For additional information about NRCS and its Cutthroat Trout Initiative, please visit the NRCS Cutthroat Initiative webpage found by visiting www.co.nrcs.udsa.gov.