The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer financial and technical assistance to Mississippi farmers, agricultural producers and private forest landowners who want to better manage their forest land resources.
The Forest Management Plan / Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) initiative will allow the development of a systematic plan that details the best approach to restore timber stands and manage forest lands. This plan will also address serious resource concerns such as declining native wildlife species, plants and critical habitat.
"Many landowners in Mississippi forget that their forestlands are a potential source of additional income," stated Alan Holditch, NRCS State Forester. "A good forest management plan is a great investment toward addressing the resources for maximum financial production."
CAP is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and allows land owners to contract with a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop a Best Management Practice plan specific for their location and need, helping to manage forests. Registered foresters provide an essential service to landowners by developing forestry management plans and are encouraged to sign-up as a Technical Service Provider (TSP).
All NRCS financial-assistance programs offer a continuous sign-up, however to be considered for CAP funding in the 2016 fiscal year, applications must be received by
March 18, 2016.
For additional information on becoming a TSP visit the NRCS TSP website: http://techreg.usda.gov .
Technical and financial assistance is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
NRCS financial assistance covers part of the cost to implement conservation practices. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center.