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Lawrence County Resilient Forest Landscapes Project Announces Batching Date

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Victor Tuschen, District Conservationist
victor.tuschen@usda.gov | (605) 892-3368, Ext. 3075

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., January 10, 2022  – Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) Project Resilient Forest Landscapes will soon be underway in Lawrence County, South Dakota, serving the community and improving land quality. This three-year project is one of 17 selected in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and federally-funded through the NRCS' conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The purpose of this project is to address overstocked stands of ponderosa pine and will be implemented by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), Lawrence County Conservation District, and the South Dakota Family Forests Association in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and landowners within the project area who are eligible to apply for financial assistance. While applications are accepted year-round, the application date for FY2022 funding is February 4, 2022.

The NRCS’ conservation specialists and partners are coordinating these projects throughout the state. Through collectively focusing expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas, CIS projects can yield impressive returns. Collaborative funding and support from other agencies and groups create a coordinated community effort and focus on mutual issues. 

Project sponsors identified wildfire hazard from biomass accumulation and plant structure and composition as resource concerns and developed this CIS project to address the situation. “Reducing stand density and potential wildfire intensity in Lawrence County is important due to increased housing development in heavily forested areas. Involving private landowners is a key to the success of the project,” says Victor Tuschen, District Conservationist, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

To apply to be a part of this project, find and contact your local NRCS Service Center at www.bit.ly/contactnrcssd, or contact Victor Tuschen at victor.tuschen@usda.gov or (605) 892-3368, Ext. 3075. For more information on CIS in South Dakota, or if you have ideas for a project, visit www.bit.ly/SDNRCS-CIS, or contact Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at jeffrey.vanderwilt@usda.gov or (605) 352-1226.

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