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NRCS Announces Second Funding Opportunity to Improve Forest Health

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

REDLANDS, Calif., May 16, 2014—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a second funding opportunity to eligible participants who want to improve forest health on private forestlands in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Southern California.

Funding for financial and technical assistance is being made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and applications are being accepted now. The application signup deadline is June 20, 2014.

“This second sign up gives private forestland owners who have not yet signed up for funding another opportunity to participate in our Healthy Forest EQIP Initiative,” says NRCS District Conservationist Kim Lary.  “The focus is on treating private forest land within and adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest to reduce catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health, improve water quality services, rehabilitate burned lands and improve wildlife habitat.”

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, is helping to mitigate wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.

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 is 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.

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