DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cronym>USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service cronym>(NRCS) today announced that applications will be accepted to assist private landowners in California affected by wildfires in the last 18 months.
Financial assistance for implementing conservation practices may be available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications for this initiative can be submitted for primary consideration and ranking through Nov. 15, 2013.
"I encourage landowners who have private forestlands and rangelands that were damaged by the recent catastrophic fires to visit with their local NRCS field office about how this initiative can provide assistance to protect their natural resources," said California State Conservationist Carlos Suarez.
The purpose of the Catastrophic Fire Recovery EQIP Initiative is to provide immediate resource protection in areas burned by catastrophic fires in the past 18 months. Priority concerns include immediate soil erosion protection, minimizing noxious and invasive plant proliferation, protecting water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and bringing back forests and restoring livestock infrastructure necessary for grazing management.
Priority applications will include practices that are implemented within one year and provide immediate erosion protection, adequate livestock water, and habitat protection.
Participants interested in implementing practices beyond the scope of this special and limited initiative are encouraged to apply under the regular EQIP funding opportunities.
NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.
SOURCE USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service