Farmers and forest landowners along California's northern coast are eligible for $500,000 in aid to help increase the population of salmon and other aquatic species.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing the funds for landowners in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Trinity counties.

"Helping local producers protect and enhance rivers and streams in their watershed is a critical element in keeping farms healthy, productive and sustainable long into the future," said Carlos Suarez, California state conservationist for the conservation service.

Applications will be accepted through May 16. For more information, go online to

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