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New Funding Opportunity for Woodland Landowners

New Funding Opportunity for Woodland Landowners

Attention woodland landowners: Are you interested in improving woodland habitat for important bird species and managing your woods for wildlife and people?

The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer a new opportunity for woodland landowners to obtain forest management plans with bird habitat assessments.

A professional forester will walk your property and coordinate with the Audubon society in your state to produce a high-quality forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment of your woods. The plan will contain recommendations for management measures that align with your goals for the property. The plans will meet federal and state requirements and may be used to apply for property tax reductions at the local level (where applicable).

Grant funds are available to pay for most of the forester’s costs and to completely fund the bird habitat assessments. As a landowner, you will be responsible for choosing a forester from an approved list and for paying a percentage of the total cost of the forest management plan.

This program is ideally suited for landowners who have never had a forest management plan and own more than 10 acres of woodlands.

Program requirements vary by state, so to get started, contact the lead partner for your state who can help you file the correct paperwork. The application deadline is January 18, 2019, but we recommend you begin the process by early December to ensure your application is complete before the deadline.

Click here for the application package: Forest Management Plan – EQIP Application Package 11-01-18

Contacts:

For Connecticut Projects – Bill Reid, 860-774-3300; bill@tlgv.org

For Massachusetts Projects – Kate Hauske, 413-687-9381; katehauske@outlook.com

For Rhode Island Projects – Kate Sayles, 401-934-0840;  ksayles.nricd@gmail.com

Additional Resources:

List of Towns (MA, CT, RI) in the Southern New England Heritage Forest

Supporting partners for this project include:

MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Providence Water, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hull Forest Products, Thames River Basin Partnership, New England Forestry Foundation, Eastern CT Conservation District, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, RI Division of Forest Management, RI Woodland Partnership, Harvard Forest, Yale Sustaining Family Forests Institute, Audubon Connecticut, Mass Audubon and Audubon RI.

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