Jan. 13, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership is providing $60,000 to landowners near the Sam Houston National Forest for prescribed burning.

    The funds reimburse eligible landowners who have taken measures to reduce grass and brush, enhance ecosystems and protect homes and communities from wildfire through strategically-planned prescribed burning.

    “Overgrown vegetation contributes to wildfires that damage the ecosystem. Using prescribed fire helps return the ecosystem back to its natural state,” said Andy McCrady, fuels coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service.

    Through prescribed fire, landowners contribute to community safety.

    “Wildfire behavior is more problematic and harder for firefighters to control when there are excessive dry fuels. This is even more problematic when these hazardous fuels are near homes and communities,” McCrady said.

    Texas A&M Forest Service offers grants directly to landowners to reimburse the cost of certified and insured prescribed burn managers conducting the burn treatments.

    “This program allows trained specialists to conduct effective, cost-efficient methods to remove dangerous fuel loads,” McCrady said.

    This year, Texas A&M Forest Service signed agreements with 50 landowners in East Texas, allowing them to take advantage of $263,755 in funding. The additional $60,000 is made available by the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership to support fuel reduction in and around the national forests of Texas.

    The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership brings together Texas A&M Forest Service, USDA Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

    Eligible landowners must live within 10 miles of the Sam Houston National Forest. Priority areas consist of Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Walker counties.

    For more information and to apply for the prescribed burning grant visit http://www.tfsweb.tamu.edu/jointchiefs. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.


    Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts:

    William “Andy” McCrady; Fuels Coordinator; wmccrady@tfs.tamu.edu; 936-689-9393

    Tammy Russell; Business Associate; trussell@tfs.tamu.edu; 936-273-2261