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NRCS Targets 2013 Funding for Chesapeake Bay Forestry Practices

 

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

Richmond, February 20, 2013 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has approved $120,000 in grant funding for landowners in the York and Rappahannock watersheds who agree to install forestry practices designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. 

If you own land within these watersheds or 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 15, April 19, and May 17, 2013.

“Forests and farms form the backbone of working lands that sustain and protect our natural resources,” says NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker. “Funded under the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), this project will help landowners plan and put in place practices that are effective at protecting the Bay and complementing farm and forestry operations.”

This is the third year of implementation for this $600,000 five-year project. To date, we have obligated $375,476 in 83 contracts with landowners on 8,589 acres. Landowners have been paid $179,090 for conservation practices they have installed.

VDOF Forest Management Director Dean Cumbia said, “We are excited to again partner with NRCS and landowners to simultaneously develop productive and healthy forests and produce clean water for the waterways that feed the Bay.”

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.