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Get Help to Make the Most of Your Forest

Public Meeting scheduled for July 8, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – June 19, 2014 – Clermont County residents with forest land still have time to apply for help to improve their forests through the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Initiative.  First announced in April, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) extended the deadline to apply for this program to July 18, 2014

This program, designed for rural landowners with woodlots damaged by the Asian Longhorn Beetle, has many options for forest land improvement, including financial assistance to control invasive plants like bush honeysuckle and grapevine.  Other forest improvement practices, such as planting trees and protecting the saplings from animal damage, are intended to replace the trees removed to prevent the spread of the beetle.

Clermont County NRCS District Conservationist Lori Lenhart reports that residents already participating in the program are pleased with the forest management planning assistance received from Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Forester Tim Wilson.  Tim has extensive experience selecting the best trees and management practices for a forested site taking into consideration the sites soils, existing vegetation, and hydrology.  This information can also help forest owners create excellent habitat for birds and other animals based on the needs of particular species for food, cover, and reproduction.

Lori Lenhart and Tim Wilson will host a second public meeting to explain how the ALB EQIP Initiative works and answer questions on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane Street, Bethel, Ohio, 45106. 

The application deadline for the ALB EQIP Initiative is Friday, July 18, 2014.  People new to NRCS should apply as soon as possible to allow enough time to complete the application and establish eligibility for NRCS conservation program assistance.  District Conservationist Lori Lenhart can be reached by calling 513-732-2181 ext. 102, or by emailing lori.lenhart@oh.usda.gov.  ODNR Forester Tim Wilson can be reached at 937-378-4920.  The NRCS Clermont County field office is located in the Owensville USDA Service Center, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio, 45160.

Find more information about NRCS conservation programs and services on the Ohio NRCS website at www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.