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Young Forest Initiative Open in Northern Wisconsin

Interested Forest Landowners -  Apply by July 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers technical and financial assistance to forest landowners for conservation practices.  The Young Forest Initiative is a special effort to build young forest habitat in Northern Wisconsin.

Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will help with projects that benefit wildlife, particularly bird species that are in decline, through the creation or improvement of young forest habitat. Three practices are eligible:

•   Early Successional Habitat Development and Management

•   Brush Management

•   Forest Stand Improvement

Applicants with an existing forest management plan in place will be high priority for funding.  To get started, contact your forester or other natural resources professional to complete or update your forest plan.  Then contact your local NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for your county before July 11, to apply for EQIP. 

Additional information about EQIP, including an application form, may be found at

The application deadline for this funding is July 11, 2014.

Young Forest Initiative is built through the efforts of many northern Wisconsin partners for conservation.  The goals are to:

·         Increase the quantity of young forest

·         Improve the quality of young forest

Young Forest Initiative factsheet

Contact your local NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for your county, or  Tom Krapf, NRCS, at

Twenty-one counties in northern Wisconsin are eligible for the Young Forest Initiative. 

YF map of counties