Farm Bill Grants Available for Landowners
Interested in Managing for Wildlife Habitat
Deadline to Apply is November 20
MONTPELIER, Vt. –Vermont landowners are reminded that November 20, 2015, is the application deadline for a federal program that provides financial assistance and expertise to landowners seeking to employ wildlife habitat conservation practices on their property. Funded through the U.S.D.A.’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program covers habitat work, from managing forests for game populations to restoring field and wetlands for songbirds.
Landowners who apply for the program now will be eligible to begin the process next spring, when a Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologist will visit the property and provide guidance on suggested habitat improvements. The biologist will also work with landowners to find a contractor to carry out the approved habitat upgrades, which are funded by the program.