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."
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.