$46K grant awarded to EKCRCD

EASTERN KERN COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT — On May 10, 2017, the EKCRCD was awarded a $46,209.24 (maximum amount) grant from the California Department of Conservation.

The grant, which will run from May 2017 through February 2019, is funded by $2.5 million allocated by the State in its 2016-2017 budget to the Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection, to assist Resource Conservation Districts in capacity-building efforts.

The EKCRCD will use the grant to build its capacity by strengthening its partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies and by expanding its role in local resource issues.

For example, it will apply to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to be able to hold and manage mitigation lands for conservation and will continue to partner with Quail Forever to provide signs for 165 wildlife guzzlers in the Indian Wells and Fremont valleys.

The EKCRCD will also use the grant to conduct a series of workshops on local resource-conservation topics including National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) cost-share programs that benefit local growers/landowners and conserve resources, desert restoration, soil health, and native plant use and care.

The District also plans to expand its native plant sale, which this year will take place in October to coincide with the optimal garden-planting season for the Mojave Desert.

The grant is a reimbursable grant; any funds not spent on capacity-building efforts will not be reimbursed by the Department of Conservation.

Story First Published: 2017-06-09