Raleigh, N.C. March 27, 2013– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, together with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, announces a $1.2 million grant opportunity for North Carolina’s Roanoke Rural Electric Cooperative and the Center for Heirs Property Preservation in Charleston South Carolina to help African American landowners in North and South Carolina improve their forestlands.
Over the next 30 months, the grant will support more than 50 African American landowners in North Carolina in their efforts to improve their forested lands. NRCS and the Forest Service will provide assistance for conservation planning and assist eligible landowners implement conservation practices such as forest stand improvement, tree and shrub planting, prescribed burning and fire breaks. The ultimate goal of the grant is landowners having greater resources to sustain and retain their economically and environmentally valuable lands.
“The landowners that this grant helps are the backbone of our agricultural, forested and natural resource economies,” said NRCS Acting North Carolina State Conservationist Terrance Rudolph. “These landowners are in economically depressed counties, where land retention is challenging, having the resource to make necessary land stewardship improvements is difficult, and having a full understanding of the resources available to help is deficient -- through this grant our partners work together with these landowners to overcome these obstacles.”
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
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