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NRCS Targets 2012 Funding for Chesapeake Bay Forestry Practices

 

Contact: Wade Biddix, NRCS, (804) 287-1675 / Dean Cumbia, VDOF, (434) 220-9042

Richmond, March 12, 2012 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $120,000 available to Virginia landowners in the York and Rappahannock watersheds who agree to implement forestry practices that will help restore the Chesapeake Bay. 

“For nearly two decades, NRCS has partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry to develop innovative approaches to conserving natural resources in the Commonwealth,” says NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker. “This is the second award under the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) for this five-year forestry project valued at $600,000.”

If you own land within these watersheds and in the 26 counties listed below, you can receive incentive payments for up to 75 percent of the costs associated with developing forest management plans, establishing forested buffers, planting trees, improving forests, and/or excluding livestock from wooded areas.

Caroline

Hanover

Madison

Richmond

Charles City

James City

Mathews

Stafford

Culpeper

King and Queen

Middlesex

Spotsylvania

Essex

King George

New Kent

Westmoreland

Fauquier

King William

Northumberland

York

Gloucester

Lancaster

Orange

 

Greene

Louisa

Rappahannock

 

 

Though program signup is continuous, deadlines for upcoming ranking periods are March 30, April 30, and May 31.

 

In 2011, NRCS developed 50 contracts for forestry practices and forest management plans on 7,554.1 acres. To date, landowners have received $43,870.90 in payments as a result of these contracts.

 

VDOF Forest Management Director Dean Cumbia said, “Forests and trees are vital to protecting the waters of the Chesapeake Bay by capturing nutrients, sediment and providing stable cover for large areas in the watershed. While CCPI funds help landowners in their efforts to plan and install important forestry-based conservation practices on their land, the results benefit everyone living in the watersheds.”

 

To learn more about CCPI for Virginia forestry practices, contact your local NRCS office or visit the Agency’s website at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov