LONG-LEAF COST-SHARE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO LANDOWNERS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Longleaf pine restoration efforts have a received a boost from a $300,000 grant to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).
The grant, awarded Oct. 29 through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is part the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be available to qualifying landowners for longleaf pine restoration on private lands.
Landowners are encouraged to submit applications to receive cost-share assistance of up to 50 percent of the total cost of seedlings and/or planting costs.
To qualify, the property must be within the historic range of longleaf pine in Alabama, or contain suitable soils to support longleaf pine. No minimum acreage is required, and cutover sites and agricultural sites are eligible. Site preparation for planting must already be completed, and planting cannot exceed 435 trees per acre on selected projects.
Tentative deadline for applications is Jan. 29, 2010. Planting will begin in winter 2009. For application information, contact Traci George at (334) 353-0503, or Traci.George@dcnr.alabama.gov.