Bolstering a long-term strategy to address fuel reduction and overall forest health, USDA Under Secretary Harris Sherman today announced two Forest Service 10-year stewardship contracts totaling $13.4 million.
The two contracts identify projects that will treat a minimum of 20,000 acres in two national forests.
In a major show of cooperation between the United States and Mexico, representatives from the Colorado River Basin States, the United States government, and the government of Mexico signed an historic agreement that furthers the commitments of both countries to the 1944 Water Treaty between the U.S. and Mexico, while recognizing that increasing water demands on the Colorado River will require creativity and flexibility.
Under this five-year agreement, Mexico has committed to accept voluntary shortages when Lake Mead reaches certain levels, while gaining opportunities to receive surplus water under certain conditions.
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Trudy Kareus announced that funds are now available for Guaranteed Conservation Loans. Conservation loans allow farmers and ranchers to implement conservation practices on their land that will help protect natural resources.
The Delta Conservation District is hosting a workshop featuring DARCA, the State Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The workshop will help all irrigation water users on the Western Slope meet the challenges of these changing times.