JACKSON, MS - This is a news release from USDA
The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is again accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet.
The Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative project is part of the Joint Landscape Restoration partnership investing $1.76 million in Mississippi to help mitigate wildfire threats to communities and landowners. The project will also assist to improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species and protect water quality and supply throughout the area.
Some of the most popular conservation practices are tree planting, forest site preparation, prescribed burning, grazing land practices and herbaceous weed control for cogongrass. There are also opportunities for forest landowners to receive financial assistance with forest management plan development.
The Mississippi counties that are eligible include all or parts of the following counties: Jefferson Davis, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Pearl River, Stone, George and Jackson.
"NRCS is proud to partner with the USFS to provide financial assistance to eligible landowners and operators to address the resource concerns in the Upper Black Creek Watershed," stated Kurt Readus, state conservationist for Mississippi. "The funding for FY 2015 is in addition to the $1.03 million we received in FY 2014."
Landowners and producers interested in participating in the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative may apply at their local USDA Service Center / NRCS office. NRCS financial-assistance programs offer a continuous sign-up, however applications received by August 7, 2015 will be considered for funding.
For additional information on the 2015 Upper Black Creek Watershed program, visit the Mississippi NRCS website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ms/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs142p2_017159
or go by your local NRCS office. Please visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app to locate the NRCS office nearest you.