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Special EQIP Funding for March Wildfire in Beaver County

Wed, 15 Apr 2020 10:58:43 CDT

Special EQIP Funding for March Wildfire in Beaver County In early March, high winds, low humidity and critically dry wild land fuels powered a wildfire in Beaver County in the eastern Oklahoma Panhandle. Application deadline is May 15, 2020.

In response to the losses, Gary O'Neill, State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced the setup of an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) special fund pool, the Beaver County Wildfire Recovery FY 2020, to help with recovery efforts in the area of Beaver County affected by the 2020 Wildfire. Conservation planning will identify requirements needed to address recovery of lost watering sources, loss and/or protection of grasses for grazing animals, protection of sensitive areas from erosion, and other identified needs.

The Local field office will evaluate current applications for potential funding in the Beaver County Wildfire Fund pool.   Conservation Practices may not receive financial assistance unless they are on the available practices list: Prescribed Grazing; Prescribed Burning; Critical Area Planting; Groundwater Testing; Fence; Woody Residue Treatment; Fire Break; Pumping Plant; Livestock Pipeline; Heavy Use Area Protection; Watering Facility and Water Well.

Deadline for this special funding is MAY 15, 2020

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To learn more about USDA programs and the Department's response to the Coronavirus visit farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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