[ODF_Private_Forests] USDA NRCS funding available for private forestlands
kevin.weeks at state.or.us
Mon May 11 10:36:25 PDT 2009
Private Forests News members:
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service currently has funding available to assist non-industrial forest owners with development of forest management plans -- news release about the program is attached. Landowners or forestry consultants with specific questions should work directly with their local (county) NRCS District Conservationist.
Public Information Officer / Private Forests Division
Oregon Department of Forestry
kweeks at odf.state.or.us<mailto:kweeks at odf.state.or.us>
United State Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 900
Portland, OR 97204
CONTACT: Todd Peplin, Farm Bill Specialist, Todd.Peplin at or.usda.gov (541) 923- 4358
Funding Available for Conservation Planning on Forest Lands until May 29
Funding is available to private, nonindustrial forest landowners to develop Forest Management Activity Plans in Oregon. This is a special signup under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) open statewide until May 29, 2009.
A Forest Management Activity Plan is a site-specific conservation plan prepared by a professional forester. The plan identifies and describes management actions and conservation practices that will help the landowners meet their objectives, maintain production, meet regulatory requirements, and enhance natural resources.
Forest Management Activity Plans provide specialized management and conservation strategies that meet NRCS conservation planning standards for USDA programs and help the operator address requirements of cultural resource, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other regulations.
After enrolling in EQIP, program participants develop their plans with Technical Service Providers (forestry consultants) who are approved by NRCS. Once the plan is complete, the participant may receive a program payment of up to 75 percent of the estimated cost of plan development.
Participants must enroll in EQIP before their Forest Management Activity Plan is developed; payment is not retroactive.
Additional information and payment rates can be found on the NRCS Web site at: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/CAP.html.
EQIP is a voluntary program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through EQIP, growers and landowners apply for assistance to plan and install measures to protect natural resources on working agricultural and forest lands. Those who enroll into the program receive funding and professional expertise for measures that protect natural resources while ensuring sustainable production.
For questions or to submit an application, please contact the local NRCS office listed online at: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/basindir.html.
More information about EQIP is online at: www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/EQIP.
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