NRCS EQIP Applications To Improve Oak Hickory Forests in Illinois (NRCS) State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced they will offer funding to improve oak-hickory forestry stands to Illinois private landowners.
GardenNews.biz - Jan 10,2017 - NRCS EQIP Applications To Improve Oak Hickory Forests in Illinois
Champaign, IL —The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced they will offer funding to improve oak-hickory forestry stands to Illinois private landowners. “We’re offering this through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as part of a new project in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP,” Dozier said. NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Forestry Development Council and several other organizations to help landowners and farmers address resource concerns that impact forested lands, such as water quality and soil health.
Farmers and landowners with forest land located in one of the 37 designated counties (see map) should visit their local NRCS Service Center to see if they are eligible to sign up for EQIP through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project. Special EQIP funds are available through the new project, created to improve Illinois’ Oak-Hickory tree populations. Eligible forestry practices landowners can install include:
· Forest Stand Improvement
· Brush Management
· Herbaceous Weed Control
· Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
· Tree/Shrub Establishment
· Prescribed Burning
To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by the cutoff dates of January 20, and March 17, 2017. Producers are reminded that they can submit an EQIP application to their local field office at any time throughout the year. Sign up today by visiting your local NRCS office or visit the NRCS website www.il.nrcs.usda.gov to learn more.
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Photo Caption: Land in these 37 counties is eligible for the Oak-Hickory RCPP project in Illinois.
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