Janet Ritter NRCS Resource Team Leader, Nacogdoches, TX
1-Janet Ritter discusses working with Michael Howard who is a landowner in Tyler County, Texas. She discusses his Longleaf Pine restoration efforts and their collaboration in development of a Forest Management Plan.
Longleaf pine forests once covered millions of acres throughout the Southeastern United States. Today, only a few thousand acres of this vital habitat remains. To help sustain, enhance and restore longleaf pine forests, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the national Longleaf Pine Initiative, offers financial assistance to landowners for implementation of conservation practices that maintain, improve, and restore the longleaf pine ecosystem in east Texas.
The Longleaf Pine initiative will incorporate both technical and financial assistance to help landowners in Texas improve habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest and Tribal land.
In Texas, highest priority will be given to land suitable for tree production in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Walker. Land outside these counties that is determined to be suitable for longleaf pine production will also be considered.
Approved participants will receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices including planting longleaf pine, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning and controlling invasive plants. Landowners can apply at their local NRCS office in the USDA Service Center.