Funding Available for Longleaf PInes

LIBERTY, June 4, 2012 -The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces additional funding availability through the Longleaf Pine Initiative to implement conservation practices that will maintain, improve, and restore Texas’ Longleaf pine ecosystem.

Offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), approved participants will receive financial assistance from NRCS for implementing conservation practices to improve the health and extent of the Longleaf pine ecosystem. Eligible conservation practices include firebreaks, forest site preparation, forest stand improvement, prescribed burning, and tree/shrub establishment.

“We’ve taken great steps toward conserving Longleaf pine forests in Texas,” said NRCS State Conservationist Salvador Salinas. “Through this initiative and the great work of our landowners, we will be able to enhance and protect more of this essential habitat.”

The deadline for applying for the additional funds is July 27 and producers who apply by that date may be eligible for financial assistance.

Highest priority will be given to land suitable for tree production in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Walker. Land outside these counties that is determined to be suitable for Longleaf pine production will also be considered.

Producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center office about this funding opportunity. These offices are located in almost every county and are listed in phonebooks under federal and state government, or online at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

Information on the Longleaf Pine Initiative is available on our website at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/whip_src/longleaf_pine.html. Additional information about NRCS, its partners and activities visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov or follow NRCS at http://twitter.com/NRCSTexas or http://www.facebook.com/USDANRCSTexas.

 

 

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