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Conservation Funds Available for Lake Superior Watersheds

EAST LANSING, Jan. 19, 2018 – Conservation funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available to landowners in the western Upper Peninsula for implementing conservation practices that improve water quality and wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of forest fires.

The funding was made available through the work of the Partners for Watershed Restoration which includes the USDA, the U.S. Forest Service, state, local and tribal governments, and other area businesses and organizations. The USDA has $180,000 of financial assistance available to landowners for designated conservation practices. Agricultural producers and private non-industrial forest owners in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette and Ontonagon counties are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted to local offices of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service by Feb. 16, to be eligible for the current round of funding.

Some practices eligible for financial assistance include forest management plans, forest stand improvement, tree and shrub establishment and early successional habitat development and management. Additional supporting practices are also eligible for financial assistance.

The Partners for Watershed Restoration project is designed to reduce wildfire threats, protect water quality, and improve and restore aquatic habitat in Lake Superior watersheds. Landowners interested in applying for conservation assistance should contact their local USDA service center or visit the Partnering for Watershed Restoration web page