Sign-up underway for Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative

forestsSOUTH MISSISSIPPI — 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 project is part of the Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership, which will invest $1.3 million in Mississippi to help mitigate wildfire threats to communities and landowners, improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species and protect water quality and water supply. Some of the most popular conservation practices are tree planting, forest site preparation, prescribed burning, grazing land practices and herbaceous weed control for spraying cogongrass. Also included are opportunities for landowners of forested lands to receive financial assistance to obtain a detailed forest management plan.

The eligible counties include all or parts of the following: Jefferson Davis, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Pearl River, Stone, George and Jackson.

Landowners and producers interested in participating in the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative may apply at any time at their local United States Department of Agriculture Service Center/NRCS office. The application process is continuous; however, only applications received by Aug. 13 will be considered for funding in this second sign-up.

For additional information on the 2014 Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative program, contact the NRCS Office in the eligible counties.

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