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K-State Today

May 12, 2015



Official signing for $13 million grant to Kansas Forest Service

By Elaine Edwards

A new $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve Kansas' water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment was officially signed yesterday in Salina.

The program is part of $370 million in federal funding for the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP.

The Kansas Forest Service project will implement forestry best management practices on more acres and create a protection framework for remaining riparian forests in high-priority watersheds. The project will help sustain reservoir storage and wildlife habitat, improve the drinking water supply and increase recreation opportunities.

A news story about the project was released in February.