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$525,000 Initiative To Help Restore
& Conserve Salmon Habitat Announced


April 1, 2004

Alaska Congressman Don Young announced Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced a $525,000 new initiative to help restore and conserve salmon habitat as part of the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). The fiscal year 2004 funds will be used for the new Salmon Habitat Restoration Initiative, which is available in Alaska.

"This initiative supports the Administration's commitment to restoring the health of the critical salmon habitat in Alaska and other key areas of the country. Maintaining healthy watersheds will ensure long-term salmon survival. This is crucial for the conservation of the Alaskan salmon industry and I am glad that the administration recognizes the importance of this industry," said Congressman Young.

The new initiative, administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will help landowners with projects that restore habitat for Pacific and Atlantic salmon. Projects may include providing shade along streams, restoring gravel spawning beds, removing barriers to fish passages and reducing agricultural runoff.

WHIP is a voluntary conservation program, reauthorized in the 2002 Farm Bill, that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and others to develop upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on their property. The program provides full flexibility to landowners, offering one-year agreements, 5- to 10-year agreements and 15-year or longer agreements. Since WHIP began in 1998, nearly 14,500 participants have enrolled more than 2.3 million acres into the program.


Source of News Release:

Office of Congressman Don Young
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