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Forestry Signup Underway in Selected Counties

November 15, 2013 –

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced January 23, 2014, as the cut-off date for Conservation Activity Plans and Practices through a forestry initiative in the following counties:

  • Choctaw
  • Greene
  • Hale
  • Pickens
  • Marengo
  • Sumter
  • Wilcox

This project is in collaboration with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC) and the Limited Resource Landowners Educational and Assistance Network (LRLEAN).

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities was awarded a National Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to demonstrate sustainable forestry technologies and create a support system and market access to historically underserved landowners in Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The grant is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Grantees must work with producers and forestland owners to develop and demonstrate new technologies and approaches.

“These investments help strengthen rural communities,” said NRCS State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett. “Land returned to healthy forests will have beneficial conservation and environmental impacts for years to come.”

At least 50 percent of the total cost of the CIG project must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipients.

Although applications are accepted all year, producers should submit applications by January 23, 2014, to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov. For more information, contact the FSC (205) 652-9676 or LLRLEAN at lrlean.5@gmail.com.