CHAMPAIGN — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer landowners funding to improve oak-hickory forest stands using the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
The focus of this effort is to improve conditions and stands of oak-hickory forest land by reducing soil erosion and improving water quality in the 37 counties, including Lee.
NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Forestry Development Council to help producers address natural resource concerns of water quality and soil health. Landowners can apply for both technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to make forest stand improvements, use brush management techniques, install herbaceous weed control, and tree/shrub establishment practices.
Producers and landowners interested in installing these forestry conservation practices on their oak-hickory acres can take advantage of this conservation funding opportunity. Simply submit an application to your local NRCS field office by the cutoff dates of Jan. 19, and March 16. NRCS reminds producers they can apply for regular EQIP financial assistance at any time throughout the year, as NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis.
To see if you are eligible to participate, producers may call the NRCS office at 319 S. Mason Ave., Amboy (815) 857-3621.