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Rio Grande Watershed Range and Pasture Land Resource Concerns. Screening Tool - FY 2006

Mininimum Points ? If below 30 points change to LOW PRIORITY Applications are considered High priority, unless lower priority is indicated! 1. Will Applicant plan and follow Prescribed Grazing Recommendations? No = Low Priority; Continous grazing will always be Low priority Switchback grazing system will be Medium priority 2. No enduring practices planned; incentive payments only applied for? Yes = Low Priority 3. Has a previous EQIP contract been terminated for lack of progress? Yes = Low Priority 4. Proposed practices previously installed by applicant under Cost Share Contract were destroyed or failed due to poor maintenance? Yes = Low Priority

Grassland Issue
Rio Grande Watershed Range and Pasture Land Resource Concerns. EQIP 2006 Ranking Criteria 10/05 Applicant Name: Total Project Cost:
Acreage Treated with Cost Shared Practices: Acres Benefited: 1. Ground Cover Improved Acres Needed Irr. Pasture or Meadow renovation & seeding 3 Brush Management (Acres Planned / Acres Needed) x 25 = points (Acres Planned / Acres Needed) x 5 = points Acres Planned 3 (Max 15 points) (Max 5 points) Points

2. Range Similarity Index or Past. Productivity Acres of 5 largest fields currently in each class. Poor Fair Good Poor Fair Good field 1 Range < 25% < 50% >50% Index (ac) field 2 range percent is based on ecological condition field 3 3 2 Pasture <25% < 50% >50% lbs. / ac field 4 pasture percent is based on potential production field 5 total Points Total ac. 3 2 0 5 (Max 15 points) (% Poor x 15) + (%Fair x 10) + (%Good x .5) = points Claim points only if a positive trend is definite based on applied practices. 3. Plant Diversity and Vigor (Management Improvement Needed and Feasible )(Max 20 points) Continuous grazing Rest-Rotation sytstem Deferred-Rotation or Improved Forage Harvest Mgt. Improve to High intesity, short duration system
(go to low priority )

Points

0 points 5 Points 10 Points 15 Points 20 Points

Switchback grazing system

Grazing systems are defined in the National Range and Pasture Hanbook, and NRCS Standard and Spec (556) (528a) 4. Improved Animal Distribution or Management Facilitated (Max 20 pts)

Facilitating Practices (check those that apply)
New watering facility planned (10 points) New cross fencing planned (10 points)

Points

5. Wildlife Value ( 10 pts) Riparian or Wetland Enhancement (Scheduled Practices)
Enhancement planned No Planned Enhancement

Points 0

6. Prescribed Grazing Conducted with State or Federal (10 pts) Year around grazing plan (Coordinated Resource Management Planning, CRMP) Regular meetings with federal or state partners are held.
Applying CRMP No CRMP

Points 0

Subtotal Points Subtotal Mininimum Points 30
7. Cost Effectiveness Up to $50/Ac $51 - 100 /Ac Greater than $100/Ac 10 Points 5 Points 0 Points

0.0

Points 0

Total Points

0.0

Grassland Issue
Rio Grande Watershed Range and Pasture Land Resource Concerns. EQIP 2006 Ranking Criteria
1. Ground Cover Improved Irrigated pastures or meadows that have been damaged by the past few years of drought being rennovated and reseeded. Only the percent of acreage needing rereceives points. Brush Management: Only the treated percent of the acreage needing treatment rereceives points. 2. Range Similiarity Index And Pasture Productivity (Field Estimate of SMI or Productivity) Weighted average in each category (poor, fair, good) Poor Condition 15pts; (Poor condition acres/total acres times by 15) Pasture lbs/acre Fair Condition 10 pts; (Fair condition acres/total acres times by 10) Pasture lbs/acre Good Condition 5 pts; (Good Condition acres/total acres time by 5) Pasture lbs/acre 3. Plant Diversity and Vigor Improved You have to improve to one of the four grazing systems (score 5, 10, 15 or 20 pts) Plant diversity and vigor will be improved significantly through the planned systems. Ranches where fields are grazed continuously through the growing season receive 0 points. Improved Forage Harvest Management on irrigated meadows. 4. Animal Distribution Animal distribution is enhanced by the installation of a new watering point or cross fencing to create one or more additional pastures. These facilitating practices can be assigned 10 points for each category. Points are assigned when the needed number of adequately watered pastures is planned. 5. Wildlilfe Value Wildlife Enhancement (You have to have a scheduled improvement in order to get pts) This includes fencing or management to specifically benefit a riparian or wetland area. Species targed include deer at all elevations; SW Willow Flycatcher below 8500 ft; water fowl on wetlands. 6. Prescribe Grazing CRM 10 additional pts for coordinated grazing plan on private and state and/or federal lands. (cost share practices not allowed on Federal Land but allowed on state)


				
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