Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project Announces Financial Assistance for Forest Landowners for 2017/2018

Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project Announces Financial Assistance for Forest Landowners for 2017/2018

Applications due March 2, 2018

 

Ahoskie, NC. Jan. 29, 2018Roanoke Electric Cooperative and its non-profit subsidiary, The Roanoke Center, are pleased to announce the availability of fiscal year 2017/2018 financial assistance for area forest landowners in Halifax, Northampton, Bertie, Hertford, Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans Counties.  

In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The co-op’s Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project will make the funding available to area forest landowners to assist with the implementation of forest management practices, including tree and shrub establishment, prescribe burning, and a host of other forest land practices.

Annually, the NRCS makes the forest landowner funding available through its Environmental Quality Incentive and Regional Conservation Partnership programs. The two programs, under the umbrella of NRCS, are designed to assist landowners in addressing natural resource concerns as it relates to forestry and other types of land use.

This marks the second year the NRCS has funded the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project participants. This year, Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program objectives will also be included. This the NRCS program devoted to helping landowners currently addressing a resource concern elevate their management to a higher level.

Successful contracts may be awarded $1,500 or more. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • participate in the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project;
  • own one eight-acre woodland property located in the counties of Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, or Perquimans;
  • have established records with the local Farm Service Agency;
  • have or obtain a current forest management plan;
  • meet Natural Resources Defense eligibility guidelines*

SFAALRP host an upcoming meeting for applicants in order to outline specifics of the application process and detail eligibility requirements. The meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 9am-12pm with lunch at the Roanoke Chowan Community College, Freeland Building, Community Room 140-A in Ahoskie. Participants are asked to register as soon as possible by calling The Roanoke Center at 252-539-4600.

For information contact SFAALRP Program Manager Alton Perry at 252-539-4602 or your local NRCS Service Center

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Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:11
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