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Federal Financial Assistance for Historic Preservation Projects: Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation Programs
Wetlands Reserve Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can purchase protective easements on wetlands from interested farmers and pay for wetlands restoration activities.
Through this program, created by the 2002 Farm Bill, USDA can purchase protective easements on grasslands from interested land owners. In lieu of easements, USDA and landowners can enter into long-term agreements (10-30 years) in which the landowners receive annual payments to restore and conserve the grasslands.
Under this program, farmers may voluntarily retire environmentally sensitive cropland for 10 to 15 years in return for annual rental payments and cost-share assistance for establishing approved conservation practices.
This program provides matching grants for the acquisition, restoration, management or enhancement of coastal wetlands.
Grants are available for the acquisition, restoration, management or enhancement of wetlands in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
These grants assist in the protection of threatened and endangered species, and two grant types in the program can fund the acquisition of property Recovery Land Acquisition Grants and Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grants.
This program provides funds to assist in advancing national coastal management objectives and maintaining and strengthening coastal management capabilities. Approved State and territory Coastal Zone Management Programs receive funding, and such programs are expected to address preservation and restoration of historic, cultural, and esthetic coastal features, as well as redevelopment of urban waterfronts and ports.Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Grants
Federal Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
These grants help to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values. The program provides matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers.
and Water Conservation Fund State Conservation Grants
State Conservation Grants are matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities that provide public access to the lands, waters and other recreation resources. This program contributes to conserving natural and cultural resources; continuing and promoting state outdoor recreation planning; and promoting a greater commitment by state governments to conserve and improve recreation resources. In FY 2008, $23.133 million was available.
grants can be used to maintain, restore, and rehabilitate trails, including National
Historic Trails, and rehabilitate trailside facilities. They can also support
acquisition of easements or title to property for trails, including acquisition
of old road or railroad bridges to be used as recreational trail bridges.
Updated May 19, 2008