Saint Paul, April 19, 2019 – A sign-up is underway in Northeast Minnesota for financial assistance through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Eligible applications must be received by May 17, 2019 at a Natural Resources Conservation Service office to be considered for the current funding opportunity.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $12 million this year nationally in the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnershipto mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems through 13 targeted projects on both public and private lands, including one project in Northeast Minnesota.
The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership enables the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Forest Service to leverage technical and financial assistance collaboratively alongside agricultural producers and forest landowners in Minnesota.
“With the help of NRCS, landowners can improve their forestry operations while realizing many other conservation benefits,” said Troy Daniell, NRCS state conservationist in Minnesota.
The other USDA NRCS program for northeast Minnesota is the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was launched in 2010 with NRCS as one of several federal agency partners. GLRI helps NRCS accelerate conservation efforts on private lands located in targeted watersheds throughout the region. Through GLRI, NRCS works with farmers and landowners to combat invasive species and protect watersheds and shorelines.
Through Farm Bill conservation programs, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners, enabling them to make conservation improvements to their land. This assistance helps them plan and implement a variety of conservation practices, such as planting cover crops, adopting no-till, removing invasive plants and restoring wetlands.
Assistance from Farm Bill conservation programs help improve water quality while also helping farmers and landowners improve soil health, reduce soil erosion, reduce the delivery of nutrients and sediments to the lakes and their tributaries, make their agricultural operations more efficient, enable them to reduce input costs, employ innovative practices and make operations more resilient.