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NRCS Announces Signup for Funding to Improve Forest Health

Kim Lary (909) 799-7407, ex. 109
Dave Sanden (530) 527-2667, ex. 107

REDLANDS, Calif., April 17, 2014—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for funding offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to provide financial and technical assistance to eligible participants who want to improve forest health on private forestlands in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Southern California.The application signup deadline is May 16, 2014.

This funding opportunity is part of a multi-year partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Forest Service to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems in places across the nation, where public and private lands meet.  This effort, called the Chiefs' Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership, will invest $30 million in 13 projects across the country this year to help mitigate wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.

“This partnership effort will address natural resource issues across multiple ownerships including federal, tribal, and private,” said NRCS District Conservationist Kim Lary.“The focus will be on treating private forest land within and adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest in order to reduce catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health, improve water quality services, rehabilitate burned lands and improve wildlife habitat.”

Interested owners or operators of non-industrial private forestland in Riverside and San Bernardino countiesmay be eligible for this Healthy Forest EQIP Initiative for San Bernardino Mountains. The project area will be centered on private or tribal lands within the San Bernardino Mountain Range, including Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, Twin Pines and Idyllwild.

Northern Riverside and Southern San Bernardino counties:
Contact the Redlands Service Center at (909) 799-7407

Northern San Bernardino County:
Contact the Victorville Service Center at (760) 843-6882

Western Riverside County:
Contact the San Jacinto Local Partnership Office at (951) 654-7139

In order to be considered eligible for financial assistance through EQIP, the applicant must have a vested interest in non-industrial private forestland and meet other program eligibility requirements.