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Landowners can participate in cost share programs for land management projects

Spring is upon us and it is about time to start thinking about land management activities again here in Bonner County.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, together with the Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, are offering cost share programs to assist landowners with land management projects. The sign-up deadline is expected to be much earlier this year, so landowners are encouraged to approach the District as soon as possible.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary US Department of Agriculture conservation program that provides federal match to eligible projects that support agriculture and environmental enhancements or protection. EQIP is offered to private landowners and managers, and can provide 50 percent in cost-share funds for installed projects. NRCS offers many programs, but they are also available as a cost-free resource for advice and technical assistance.   

“All of our work that goes into addressing resource concerns is a public service that is available to anyone,” says Greg Becker, District Conservationist for NRCS at the local District. “We’ve got the experienced people to do it right. Our agency has a full range of specialists including civil engineers, foresters, agronomists and biologists.”

Examples of projects that might be eligible for EQIP or other programs include but are not limited to: stream bank stabilization, fish habitat projects, livestock watering improvements, fences, pasture and hay planting, riparian buffers, tree thinning, and tree planting.  

Other cost-share programs are available that are specifically designed for wildlife, wetlands, or conservation easements.

“We integrate all disciplines in the natural resource field,” says Becker. “As often as possible, we’ll work on activities that compliment each other so that we may accomplish multiple goals at once.”

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