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Chesterfield Field Office Wins Regional Award

The NRCS Chesterfield County Field Office has been at the helm of longleaf pine restoration in Chesterfield since 2010.  NRCS launched the Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI) in 2010, which helps private landowners protect, improve and restore longleaf pine forest, and through this initiative, the Chesterfield office saw an opportunity to partner with the Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Local Implementation Team (SLPCP) to increase the conservation of longleaf pine ecosystems on a landscape scale.  The SLPCP shared a mutual interest to engage private landowners in the restoration and sustainability of longleaf pine.

Since 2011, the NRCS Chesterfield office, in collaboration with the SLPCP, has written EQIP, WHIP and CRP contracts for nearly 400 landowners to plant or manage longleaf pine.  By the end of the current planting season, nearly 18,000 new acres will have been planted, along with 85 acres of understory establishment. Currently, a total of over $3.8 million has been invested for longleaf restoration in Chesterfield County through NRCS and SLPCP since 2010, which encompasses financial and technical assistance for forestry management, as well as landowner education programs for forestry management practices, such as prescribed burning.

South Carolina NRCS congratulates the Chesterfield Field Office team for receiving the NRCS Team Achievement Award, as well as salute them for their accomplishments of increasing longleaf pine restoration in South Carolina.

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The Chesterfield Field Office received the NRCS Team Achievement Award on
October 24, 2018 at the 12th Annual Longleaf Alliance Conference in Alexandria, LA.