Sunday, April 17, 2011

Healthy Forest Reserve Program for Private Landowners

Private landowners are encouraged to apply for a program that is making its first appearance to South Carolina. The Healthy Forest Reserve Program is a program that encourages landowners to restore, enhance, and protect their privately owned forest land through easement agreements with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS will enter cost-share agreements with landowners.

To be eligible for participation in the program, the land must be located in one of the historic longleaf ecosystems which includes virtually all land in the midlands of South Carolina.

If accpeted into the program, the NRCS will pay 100% of the cost for landowners who enter into permanent easement agreements, 75% of the cost for 30-year easement agreements, and 50% of the cost for 10-year easement agreements.

To find out more about this valuable program, visit http://www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/HFRP.html or visit your local NRCS office, which can be found here: http://www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/.

Photograph shows a longleaf pine, which is one area of focus for this program.

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