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Longleaf Pine Initiative

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Virginia is one of nine states receiving NRCS funding to help private landowners restore and manage longleaf pine in FY 2016. Approved participants in the Virginia cities and counties listed below (view map) will receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices including site preparation, planting longleaf pine, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning, and controlling invasive plants. Contact your local Service Center for further guidelines and program details. To learn more about becoming eligible for this and other conservation financial assistance programs, visit our eligibility page.

Eligible Localities

  • Accomack
  • Brunswick
  • Chesapeake
  • Dinwiddie
  • Gloucester
  • Greensville
  • Hampton
  • Isle of Wight
  • James City
  • Mathews
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Northampton
  • Poquoson
  • Portsmouth
  • Prince George
  • Southampton
  • Suffolk
  • Surry
  • Sussex
  • Virginia Beach
  • Williamsburg
  • York

Eligible Conservation Practices (Check this section periodically for updates to offered practices.)

  • 106 Forest Management Plan - Written
  • 112 Prescribed Burning Plan - Written
  • 314 Brush Management
  • 315 Herbaceous Weed Control
  • 324 Deep Tillage
  • 327 Conservation Cover
  • 338 Prescribed Burning
  • 342 Critical Area Planting
  • 381 Silvopasture Establishment
  • 382 Fence
  • 394 Firebreak
  • 472 Access Control
  • 490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
  • 612 Tree/Shrub Establishment
  • 643 Restoration and Management of Declining Habitat
  • 644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • 647 Early Successional Habitat Development/Management
  • 654 Road/Trail Landing Closure and Treatment
  • 666 Forest Stand Improvement

Ranking Periods

Applications received by close of business on April 15, 2016,  will be reviewed for program eligibility,* and, if eligible, will be screened, and ranked in order of Priority. Another signup deadline of May 20 (and the third Friday of following months) may be added if all funds are not obligated in April.

*Applications from participants who are not eligible, as determined by NRCS, as of close of business on April 15, 2016, will not be screened or ranked until their eligibility has been verified by NRCS. For more information regarding eligibility for NRCS Financial Assistance programs, visit our Eligibility page.

Applications assigned a Low Priority, based on Virginia's Prescreening Worksheet, will not be ranked or considered for funding until all eligible applications with a higher priority, that address an eligible resource concern have been ranked and considered for funding.

Payment Schedules and Ranking Tools

The following documents require Acrobat Reader.  If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Ron Wood at (804) 287-1660.

FY16 EQIP Payment Schedule (pdf, 128kb)

Longleaf Pine Ranking Summary (PDF; 44 KB) 

How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs

Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.

Learn more information on the criteria required to become an eligible EQIP applicant.

For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Web site.

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