Juan Hernandez, Maine’s state conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources, said the agency has $1.4 million available with the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP).
â€œThis program helps ensure that valuable, productive land is protected,â€ said Hernandez. â€œThe funds will be used to purchase conservation easements to limit conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses.â€
FRPP proposals can come from interested state, tribal and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations until June 5.
If accepted into the program, NRCS will support efforts to protect soils and historical and archaeological sites. Funds will be given to the most eligible sites through a statewide, competitive process.
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