Grassland Stewardship Program returns for 2017
Guelph, ON—The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada are pleased to announce the return of the Grassland Stewardship Program (GSP) for 2017, with the first application submission window open from January 9 to February 1, 2017. GSP provides funding to implement best management practices that support the conservation of bobolink and other grassland birds.
The five best management practices funded through GSP are:
• Control of encroaching trees and shrubs through mowing
• Pasture rejuvenation
• Incorporating delayed grazing in rotational grazing systems
• Native grassland restoration
• Forage harvest management (delayed haying)
Single and multi-year projects are eligible under the forage harvest management (delayed haying) category.
As a pilot program under the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands initiative, GSP projects require signed conservation agreements between participating producers and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Applications for Intake 1 of GSP 2017 can be submitted until February 1, 2017 using the digital application form available from the OSCIA website: ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/sarpal/gsp. Intake 2 of GSP 2017 is scheduled to open on April 10, 2017 and close May 1, 2017.