This local emphasis area is located in Beckham County, and covers approximately
Beckham County has been slowly reverting back to a
grass based system of agriculture over the past few decades. In conjunction
with this land use change, landowners are seeing a need to address
encroaching brush. While Shinnery Oak and Mesquite have had a historic
presence, of late, an additional resource issue is beginning to emerge.
Eastern Red Cedar is rapidly becoming more commonplace to this western
Although infestation levels are still relatively small,
the Local Work Group feels that now would be the time to initiate action, before
the situation becomes less manageable and more costly. A major goal of this LEA
would be to make additional economic assistance available allowing landowners
better opportunity to implement brush control through Conservation Programs.
While the main emphasis of this LEA will be cost-share for Cedar control,
applicants wishing to control Mesquite and Shinnery Oak will also receive
consideration. The benefits of this undertaking would be: reduction of invasive
plants, an upward trend in pasture/range condition, a more efficient and
beneficial use of water.