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June 22, 2006   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA RECEIVES COOPERATIVE CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE GRANT
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
June 22, 2006

AUBURN, Ala. -- Alabama was among 24 states to receive a Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) grant. CCPI is a voluntary program, administered by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, which provides competitive grants for state and local governments, tribes and non-governmental organizations to foster conservation partnerships.

The Alabama CCPI grant was awarded to the Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Inc., in Decatur, Alabama. Mike Roden, RC&D Coordinator for the Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys Council, says, "The $198,080 grant will be used to bring together poultry litter stakeholders in the Sand Mountain Lake Guntersville Watershed Area of north Alabama to plan for a centralized poultry litter collection and distribution system. The goal is to supply potential industry and value added users with litter for alternative energy production. The development of such a system will be coordinated among growers, vendors, integrators, and end users of poultry litter as related to the future centralized alternative uses in north Alabama."

"The recipients of these grants are excellent role models in showing how cooperative conservation is being used to accomplish regional, state and local milestones toward pressing natural resource and rural priorities," said Gary Kobylski, Alabama NRCS State Conservationist.

Additional information about CCPI is available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi.


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