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Conservation Corner

EQIP Application Cutoff Dates For Oak-Hickory Forest Improvements

Wed, December 20, 2017

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer landowners funding to improve Oak-Hickory forest stands using the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Forestry Development Council to help producers address natural resource concerns of water quality and soil health.


Landowners can apply for both technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to make forest stand improvements, use brush management techniques, install herbaceous weed control, and tree/shrub establishment practices. 


The focus of this special effort is to improve conditions and stands of oak-hickory forest land by reducing soil erosion and improving water quality in the following 37 counties:


Adams               Cumberland       Jackson       McDonough       Stephenson
Alexander             Edwards         Jasper         Ogle               Union
Brown                 Effingham       Jersey           Pike               Wabash
Calhoun               Fulton           Jo Daviess     Pope               Whiteside
Carroll                 Gallatin         Johnson         Pulaski             Williamson
Clark                 Greene           Lawrence       Richland
Clay                   Hancock         Lee             Saline
Crawford             Hardin           Massac         Schuyler


Producers and landowners in these locations who are interested in installing these forestry conservation practices on their oak-hickory acres can take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity.


Simply submit an application to your local NRCS field office by the cutoff dates of January 19, and March 16, 2018. NRCS reminds producers they can apply for regular EQIP financial assistance at any time throughout the year, as NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis.

 


To see if you are eligible to participate in the program, producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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