Application deadline July 20 for Keeping it in the Family project to assist socially disadvantaged forest landowners

Debbie Archer | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

ForestforFBThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has allocated $300,000 of EQIP funds to assist with the implementation of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) project. The deadline to apply for assistance is July 20.

The KIITF project is offered in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union Counties. It is designed to help socially disadvantaged producers get maximum production out of their forestland by helping them install needed woodland management practices. Some of the practices include tree/shrub site preparation, tree/shrub establishment, tree/shrub pruning, forest stand improvement and firebreak.

“We want the forestland to be an asset for the producer and not a liability,” Dr. Henry English, director of UAPB’s small farm program, said. “Installing woodland management practices helps to accomplish this goal.”

Forest landowners can apply for EQIP financial assistance at their local NRCS field office. This is a voluntary program to assist with the installation of conservation practices to help restore, maintain and enhance woodlands.

For additional information on the KIITF project, contact Dr. English at 870-575-7246 or englishh@uapb.edu, or USDA StrikeForce Coordinator Charlie Williams at 870-633-3055 or charlie.williams@ar.usda.gov.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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