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NRCS Announces Signup for Funding to Improve Forest Health

Contact:   
Jim Patterson (530) 842-6123, ex. 105
Dave Sanden (530) 527-2667, ex. 107

YREKA, 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 along the middle Klamath River in Northern California.The 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 where public and private lands meet across the nation. 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 Jim Patterson. “The goal is to reduce the threat of wildfires, protect critical wildlife habitat, and to restore the health and resiliency of the river corridor and adjacent high-priority watersheds.”

The partnership boundary is the confluence of the Scott River and the Klamath River to the outlet of Dillon Creek into the Klamath River downstream. Areas within the Klamath River basin along this stretch of the Klamath River are eligible to participate. The area includes the communities of Hamburg, Seaid Valley, Happy Camp, and other outlying areas.

Interested non-industrial private forestland managers wishing to participate in this cross-boundary effort to restore healthy forests and reduce fuel loads can apply for financial assistance through the Healthy Forest EQIP Initiative for Mid-Klamath Communities by contacting the NRCS Field Office in Yreka, Calif. at (530) 842-6123 ext.104 or james.donahey@ca.usda.gov.

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.

Since its inception in 1935, NRCS has worked in partnership with private landowners and a variety of local, state and federal conservation partners to deliver conservation based on specific, local needs.

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