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You Can Get Paid to Practice Good Land Stewardship in the Hill Country

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The Hill Country Conservancy, together with the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network and its 18 partners, is now accepting Applications of Eligibility for qualified landowners (farmers, ranchers, and wildlife managers) to apply and take part in a $5.15 million stewardship grant. The grant was awarded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

As one of the largest federal awards ever to be given to the region, these funds are now being offered to qualified applicants as land stewardship financial assistance. Those private landowners actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities on acreage within critical river basins throughout the Texas Hill Country can now apply to the HCCC for funding in support of these activities. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is open to those wanting to implement or continue conservation practices that enhance water resources, soil condition, and wildlife habitat in the region.

You Can Get Paid to Practice Good Land Stewardship in the Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Hill Country Conservancy

Frank Davis, Chief Conservation Officer for Hill Country Conservancy, recently stated, “Private landowners throughout the Texas Hill Country are caring daily for our precious natural resources, growing our food and keeping our land beautiful, often without recognition or compensation for their work. These projects will support long-term agricultural viability and healthy native wildlife habitat while ensuring the conservation of natural resources on private lands, which provide drinking water and innumerable other benefits for millions of Central Texans.”

You Can Get Paid to Practice Good Land Stewardship in the Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Hill Country Conservancy

Activities specific to the following Texas Hill Country river basins will be prioritized for grant purposes: Upper San Marcos River, Blanco River, Onion Creek, Barton Creek, Pedernales River, Sandy Creek, and Llano River. The Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative will be accepting Applications of Eligibility from now through May 21, 2019, at 12:59 p.m. The application form can be found at the link available here. To be considered eligible for this financial award, landowners must apply by the specified deadline. Qualified applicants will be notified of their advancement and receive information about the next steps in the grant process by June 3, 2019. The final selection will be based on a ranking process developed in a collaborative effort between HCHCI partners and NRCS. For more information, please visit hillcountryconservancy.org/hchi/ or contact Frank Davis via email at [email protected].