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NRCS Announces Funding for Living Snow Fence Initiative in North Dakota


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January 5, 2011

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Arlene Deutscher, Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2099
Jennifer Heglund, Assistant State Conservationist, 701-530-2095

BISMARCK �USDA� Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Paul Sweeney has announced that USDA will provide funding targeted to living snow fence projects. In North Dakota, $500,000 in financial assistance is available to producers. Producers have the opportunity to apply for Living Snow Fence Initiative funding until March 4, 2011.

Living Snow Fence Initiative funding is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary conservation program administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. Similar to field windbreaks and shelterbelts, living snow fences help manage snow deposits by protecting buildings, roads, and other property. They can also be designed and placed to provide cover for livestock or wildlife and to collect snow to increase soil moisture and nearby water supplies.

Funds are available to pay for planting trees, the implementation of the planting, and establishment costs.

For more information about this initiative and other NRCS conservation programs, visit the North Dakota NRCS Programs Web site, or your local USDA Service Center.

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