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New Program To Replant and Manage Forest Land Damaged by the Asian Longhorn Beetle

Chris Coulon

Public Meeting scheduled for April 16, 2014.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Apr. 14, 2014 – State Conservationist Terry Cosby of Ohio’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a new program to help people in Clermont County with forest land impacted by the Asian longhorn beetle.  Cosby said, “When the Secretary of Agriculture traveled to Clermont County after the Asian longhorn beetle appeared, he pledged to help residents with forest land conservation.  NRCS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for providing voluntary technical and financial assistance to landowners and managers, so we’re following through on that promise.”

The new program, called the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Initiative, is designed for rural landowners with woodlots.   The program offers several conservation practices aimed at improving forest health in priority locations, including tree and shrub site preparation and planting, invasive plant control, forest stand improvement, mulching, critical area planting, and forest management plans.

Due to limited funding, NRCS uses a ranking system to establish the extent of the environmental benefit provided from implementing the selected conservation practices.  Applications that rank highest receive priority for funding.  Clermont County District Conservationist Lori Lenhart and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forester Tim Wilson will help applicants with conservation planning and the application process.  People interested in meeting Lori and Tim and learning more about the ALB EQIP Initiative are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane Street, Bethel, Ohio, 45106.

The application deadline for the ALB EQIP Initiative is Friday, May 16, 2014.  People who have never worked with NRCS are encouraged to apply early to allow enough time to complete the application and establish eligibility for NRCS conservation program assistance.  District Conservationist Lori Lenhart can be reached by calling 513-732-2181 ext. 102, or by emailing  Ohio DNR Forester Tim Wilson can be reached at 937-378-4920.  The NRCS office serving Clermont County is in the Owensville USDA Service Center, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio, 45160.

Find more information about NRCS conservation programs and services on the Ohio NRCS website at