Oklahoma Forestry Initiative
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The Oklahoma Forestry Initiative was established in FY 2013 to address the needs for conservation improvements on forest lands in Southeastern Oklahoma. The goal of this initiative is to improve the health and productivity of Oklahoma's forests while addressing existing resource concerns such as: Plant Condition, Air Quality, Streambank Erosion, and Water Quality. This project will provide landowners with financial and technical assistance to improve or establish forest land.
Through a cooperative agreement, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) foresters will provide direct technical assistance to landowners. They will develop site-specific forest management plans. Financial Assistance will be provided through EQIP to establish and improve forests on lands with a site index of 60 or more. Only private, non-industrial forest land within the the following counties are eligible: Atoka, Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha..
Environmental benefits will include carbon sequestration, sediment reduction, and improvements in the quantity and quality of forest products. Other benefits include opportunities for local landusers to implement best management practices in an affordable manner.
Application Process, Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by the application ranking cut-off will be considered for the initial selections. Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications received.
Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix and submit it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.
Forestry Initiative Ranking Criteria (PDF; 16 KB)
Eligible Practices and Payment Rates
Statewide EQIP Practice Payment Rates (PDF; 110 KB)
The list of eligible conservation practices for the statewide Irrigation Water Management resource concerns is limited to the following with the same payment rates as the current statewide EQIP practice payment rates.
315 - Herbaceous Weed Control
338 - Prescribed Burning
382 - Fence
383 - Fuel Break
384 - Woody Residue Treatment
391 - Riparian Forest Buffer
394 - Firebreak
490 - Forest Site Preparation
612 – Tree/Shrub Establishment
654 - Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment
666 - Forest Stand Improvement
Email: Kenneth Hitch
For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.
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