Financial and technical assistance for implementing Conservation Practices is available from many sources:
Federal Agencies and Programs
The USDA 2002 Farm Bill mandated several new technical assistance/cost sharing programs as well as changes to existing programs. Programs are organized under the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and under the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Specific programs include:
The FSA provides annual rental payments and cost sharing incentives to encourage farmers to convert highly environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or riparian buffers.
is an offspring of the CRP; CREP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners, providing incentive payments for establishing long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible land. The ISWCC, IDWR, and the FSA are creating a CREP project for the Eastern Snake River Plain, to help producers voluntarily idle up to 100,000 acres of southern Idaho farm land where ground water is over-appropriated. More details here as they become available.
The NRCS provides financial and technical help for implementing structural and management conservation practices.
The NRCS helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture by assisting with the purchase of conservation easements or other interests in land.
Coordinated through the NRCS, FSA and the Forest Service, this program helps landowners restore and protect rangeland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands, providing assistance for rehabilitating grasslands and to help maintain viable ranching operations.
The NRCS provides technical and financial support for wetland restoration and establishing long-term conservation practices and wildlife protection.
The NRCS provides technical and financial support to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate. NOAA Fisheries has a page focused on Grants information.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has several conservation funding programs where landowners, tribes, businesses, and others can get information and/or cost sharing. They have pages for information about their programs and for Funding Sources for Business.
The Bonneville Power Administration is a federal agency headquartered in Portland, Oregon, that markets wholesale electricity and transmission to the Pacific Northwest's public and private utilities as well as to some large industries. Their website includes an Environment, Fish and Wildlife home page.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is the Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau charged with the mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and other habitats for the American people. Their "Grants-at-a-Glance" website has information about grant and funding opportunities from federal, state and other organizations.
Idaho Agencies and Programs
The Idaho Soil Conservation Commission has several grant and loan programs on their website. The Water Quality Program for Agriculture provides financial incentives to owners and operators of agricultural lands in Idaho for applying conservation practices to protect and enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game offers cost sharing opportunities with its Habitat Improvement Program, designed to help private landowners in their desire to use their property to the benefit of game birds.
The Idaho Department of Lands recently announced its Idaho Forest Legacy Program. The program was created in the 1990 Farm Bill, to ascertain and protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and to promote forestland protection and other conservation opportunities. The program provides federal funding to Idaho to purchase conservation easements on private lands that might otherwise be developed and lost as forests.
The Department of Lands also has a Community Forestry Grants program.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the state government agency responsible for ensuring clean air, water, and land in the state and for protecting Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution. One of their many collections of information is focused on Small Business Environmental Solutions.
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit organization with more than a dozen chapters in Idaho, dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education.
Ducks Unlimited is another national wildlife preservation organization that is dedicated to preserving habitat.