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Got a Woodlot or Timber? Get Cost-shared Project Help

Got a Woodlot or Timber? Get Cost-shared Project Help

USDA initiative offers $5.9 million in financial assistance for Northeast forest land planning.

On Tuesday, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White announced that forest land owners in New England states and New York are eligible for $5.0 million in cost-share assistance for forest land planning and resource development under the New England-New York Forestry Initiative. Applications for current funding will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2011.

"The main goal of this effort is to assist private landowners in improving forest health and productivity, wildlife habitat and water quality," White says. "Our goal is to help private landowners keep forests as forests."

TAKE THE INITIATIVE! Forest initiative funding can help make woodlot and timber stands more productive. Photo courtesy of Massachusetts NRCS.

The forestry initiative will assist in conservation planning and management of private forests to improve wildlife habitat, forest health and productivity, and water quality. Eligible conservation practices include:

  • Forest stand improvement
  • Tree and shrub pruning, establishment and site preparation
  • Upland wildlife habitat management
  • Stream crossings
  • Riparian forest buffer
  • Fish passage
  • Forest trails, landings and access roads
  • Wetland restoration
  • Brush management and herbaceous weed control
  • Restoration and management of declining habitats

For further questions and application forms, contact your local USDA Service Center. USDA Service Centers are listed online at offices.usda.gov, or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department. 

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