NRCS offers funding for wildfire  recovery | TSLN.com

NRCS offers funding for wildfire  recovery

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by wildfires throughout Montana.

NRCS is accepting applications for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to assist with livestock grazing deferment, weed control, critical area plantings, and, in some instances, livestock fencing. NRCS accepts conservation program applications year-round; however, applications for 2012 wildfire recovery funding must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2012.

"NRCS in Montana is prepared to assist landowners deal with the effects of wildfires and dry weather conditions," said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. "We want to work with landowners to help them reclaim their grazing operations."

High winds, low humidity, and prolonged dry conditions led to the summer wildfires in several Montana counties, and many landowners are faced with making plans for rangeland recovery.

Landowners impacted by recent wildfires are encouraged to contact their local NRCS district conservationist to seek assistance. NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

"We want to provide assistance that will help landowners and livestock producers accelerate the recovery of affected grazing land," Swartzendruber said.

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Landowners should visit their local NRCS office to apply for EQIP. Applications will be ranked, and those approved for funding will be offered a contract.

Additional information is available from a local USDA Service Center, which can be found at http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/offices/localoff.html.

–MT Stockgrowers Assoc.

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