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Title: Finding Your Way Through Forest and Farm Cost Share Programs March 2007


1
Finding Your Way Through Forest and Farm Cost
Share Programs March 2007
  • Karen G. Cox
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Natural Resources

2
Types of Assistance Programs
  • Conservation Easement legally binding agreement
    transferring a negotiated set of property rights
    form one party to another without removing the
    property from private ownership
  • Tax abatement / tax credit
  • Technical education assistance and planning
    guidance
  • Cost Share pay a percentage of the costs
    involved in planting trees or establishing a
    management regime

3
Todays Objective
  • Learn about the myriad of cost share / cost
    abatement programs available
  • Direct you where to go for more information
  • Introduce you to the overwhelming world of
    acronyms

4
Program Contacts
  • Government - Federal
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • United States Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

5
Program Contacts
  • Government - State
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)
  • Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF)
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
    (VDGIF)
  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer
    Services (VDACS)
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and
    Recreation (VDCR)
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR)
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF)

6
Program Contacts
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
  • Private Organizations
  • Tree Farm System
  • Consulting Foresters Association (CFA)
  • Land Trusts
  • Conservation organizations

7
Programs by Purpose
  • Energy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Wildlife
  • Woodlands
  • Water Quality
  • Watershed Protection Flood Recovery
  • Wetlands
  • Easement Programs
  • Tax Credit Programs

8
Energy
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

9
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program
  • Contact Agency USDA Rural Development
  • Goal assist farmers, ranchers, and small
    businesses with energy projects
  • Assistance 25 cost share project costs
  • Requirements install renewable or biomass
    energy source or improve energy efficiency
  • www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill

10
Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP)
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land
  • Highly Erodible Land
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • Conservation Security Program (CSP)

11
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)
  • Contact Agency NRCS
  • Goal encourage environmental enhancement
  • Assistance cost sharing, technical
  • Requirements install or implement structural or
    management practices on eligible agricultural
    land
  • Time 1-10 years

12
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Contact Agency FSA
  • Goal reduce soil erosion
  • Assistance rental payments, cost sharing
  • Requirements lands taken out of crop production
    and planted with vegetative cover (grasses or
    trees)
  • Acreage not addressed
  • Time 10-15 years
  • Sign up not expected for 2007

13
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • Contact Agency FSA
  • Goal erosion control on riparian areas
  • Assistance conservation easement, rental
    payments, cost share
  • Requirements agricultural fields, must install
    riparian buffers (forest or grass), filter
    strips, and restore wetlands
  • Acreage typically 35-100 foot buffer (wider and
    forested buffers offer bonuses)
  • Time perpetuity
  • Enroll by Dec 31, 2007 continual sign up

14
Wildlife
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Partners for Fish Wildlife (PFW)

15
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Contact Agency NRCS
  • Goal develop/improve habitat for fish and
    wildlife
  • Assistance cost sharing
  • Requirements restore and maintain designated
    habitat
  • Acreage unlimited
  • Time 5,10, and 15 year contracts (some shorter
    contracts possible)

16
Partners for Fish Wildlife (PFW)
  • Contact Agency USFWS
  • Goal improve habitat for at risk species (plant,
    animal, or fish)
  • Assistance cost sharing partnering, technical
  • Requirements vary with partnered sponsor
  • Time minimum 10 years

17
Woodlands
  • Reforestation of Timberlands (RT)
  • Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program
  • Pre-commercial pine thinning
  • Longleaf Pine Restoration
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)
    same as in Environmental Protection Section
  • Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP)

18
Reforestation of Timberlands
  • Contact Agency VDOF
  • Goal pine reforestation
  • Assistance up to 75 cost share for site
    preparation, planting, and herbicide treatment
    for accepted pine species
  • Requirements
  • Acreage maximum 100 acres per year per owner
  • Time 10 year maintenance required

19
Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program
Pre-commercial Pine Thinning
  • Contact Agency VDOF
  • Goal improve forest health, prevent/reduce pine
    beetle outbreaks, improve wildlife habitat
  • Assistance 50 cost of pre-commercial thinning
    up to 10,000
  • Requirements trees average lt4 dbh (15 years
    old), density of 1000 stems per acre
  • Acreage minimum 5 acres

20
Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program Longleaf
Pine Restoration
  • Contact Agency VDOF
  • Goal re-establish longleaf pine in the area,
    prevent/reduce pine beetle outbreaks
  • Assistance 50 cost of pre-commercial thinning
    up to 10,000
  • Requirements location must be suitable for
    species
  • Acreage minimum 5 acres

21
Forest Land Enhancement Program
  • Contact Agency VDOF
  • Goal improve forest health, offer forest
    management incentives
  • Assistance cost share for forestry practices
  • Requirements Non-industrial private forest
    landowners
  • Acreage maximum 100 acres
  • Time 10 year maintenance agreement

22
Water Quality
  • Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost Share Program
  • Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQUIF)

23
Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost Share Program
  • Contact Agency SWCD
  • Goal improve water quality, encourage voluntary
    installation of Ag. BMPs
  • Assistance cost share amount varies by region
  • Requirements worst problems accepted first

24
Water Quality Improvement Fund
  • Contact Agency VDOF
  • Goal improve water quality through tree
    plantings or other vegetation, bank
    stabilization, and installation of rain gardens
  • Assistance 50/50 cost match, max 10,000 per
    project
  • Requirements detailed description of expected
    outcomes and grant proposal

25
Watershed Protection Flood Recovery
  • Watershed Protection Projects (PL-534 PL-566)
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)

26
Watershed Protection Projects (PL-534 PL-566)
  • Contact Agency NRCS
  • Goal Flood prevention
  • Assistance approximately 65 cost share or flat
    rate for certain practices
  • Requirements must be in approved project area
    (very few areas)
  • Time varies with project

27
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
  • Contact Agency FSA
  • Goal restore SEVERE damage to farmland after
    natural disaster
  • Assistance up to 50 cost share max. 200,000
    per disaster
  • Requirements damage must be of magnitude such
    that it cannot be rehabilitated without federal
    assistance

28
Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)
  • Contact Agency NRCS
  • Goal remove threat to life and property
    resulting from natural disaster specifically in
    regards to eroded stream channels
  • Assistance up to 75 construction costs (25
    match required by local source)

29
Wetlands
  • Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
    same as in Environmental Protection Section

30
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • USDA National Resource Conservation Service
  • Goal restorer wetlands
  • Assistance conservation easements, cost sharing
  • Requirements restore and maintain wetlands or
    riparian zones
  • Acreage not addressed
  • Time 10 years for cost sharing 30 years or
    perpetuity for easements

31
Government Easement Programs
  • Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP)
  • Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
  • Forest Legacy Program (FLP)

32
Tax Credit Programs
  • Virginia BMP Tax Credit Program (SWCD)
  • Nutrient Management Equipment Tax Credit Program
    (SWCD)
  • Riparian Forest Buffer Tax Credit (VDOF)
  • Note Conservation easements are eligible for
    federal and state tax benefits

33
There is a wealth of information available
  • The best tree species for your land
  • Planting techniques
  • Invasive species
  • Wildlife management
  • Road and trail building techniques
  • And much more

34
More Information
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension www.ext.vt.edu
  • Department of Forestry www.dof.state.va.us
  • Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
    www.dgif.state.va.us
  • Farm Service Agency www.nrcs.usda.gov
  • USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
    www.srs.fs.usda.gov
  • USDA Forest Service www.fs.fed.us
  • USDA Fish and Wildlife Service www.fws.gov
  • National Timber Tax Website www.timbertax.org

35
Thank You!
  • Your interest and participation in todays
    session is important!

Karen G. Cox Virginia Cooperative
Extension Natural Resources kgcox_at_vt.edu (804)
785-5979
36
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37
Forest Legacy Program (FLP)
  • USDA Forest Service via
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Goal protect sensitive forest lands
  • Assistance conservation easements
  • Requirements restrict development, practice
    sustainable forest management
  • Acreage typically 10 or more, some exceptions
    made
  • Time perpetuity

38
Useful Publications
  • Legal Aspects of Owning and Managing Woodlands.
    Thom J. McEvoy.
  • Woods in Your Backyard. Kays et. al. NRAES-184
  • Forest Resource Management A landowners guide to
    getting started. Sullivan et. al. NRAES-170

39
Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)
  • LIP is a federal grant program funded by US Fish
    and Wildlife Service
  • LIP is a grant-based voluntary cost-share program
    administered by VDGIF
  • LIP provides 75 cost share to landowners willing
    to install and maintain stream restoration and
    riparian buffer projects on their property for at
    least 10 years
  • Where is LIP currently available?
  • The upper Tennessee River Basin including the
    Powell, Clinch, and Forks of the Holston Rivers
    and all tributaries (Region 3)
  • The New River Basin including the Bluestone New
    Rivers and Wolf Creek and all tributaries (Region
    3)
  • The Roanoke River Basin including the Dan, Smith,
    Pigg and Roanoke Rivers and all tributaries
    (Region 2)
  • The upper James River Basin including the James
    River and all tributaries upstream of the Rivanna
    River (Region 2 and Region 4)
  • The Rivanna River Basin including the Forks of
    Rivanna Rivers and all tributaries (Region 4)
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