Financial assistance programs are sometimes
available for landowners to help offset costs of implementing conservation
practices that benefit the environment. Practices can include tree
establishment, wildlife habitat improvement, and even insect, disease and
invasive species management. Contact your local TFS office
for current programs that may apply. A
few of these programs are described below.
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides
financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts
up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial
assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address
natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant,
animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial
private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet
federal, state, tribal and local environmental regulations.
Partners for Fish
and Wildlife Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Partners Program provides technical and
financial assistance to private landowners and tribes to help meet the habitat
needs of migratory birds and rare, declining or protected plants and animals.
Staff are available to assist private landowners with developing habitat
improvement projects associated with imperiled ecosystems such as longleaf
pine, bottomland hardwood, native prairies and riparian areas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Texas Landowner Incentive Program is
designed to meet the needs of private, non-federal landowners wishing to enact
conservation practices on their land for the benefit of healthy, terrestrial
and aquatic ecosystems. LIP focuses on projects aimed at enhancing habitat for
migratory birds and species of greatest conservation need throughout the
state. Projects that reduce soil erosion, restore and enhance native
vegetation and restore proper functioning of rivers and creeks are
Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance
Program, Texas A&M Forest Service
The Texas Longleaf
Conservation Assistance Program provides both financial and technical
assistance to eligible landowners for the establishment, enhancement and
management of Longleaf Pine. For more information regarding eligibility and how to apply click here.
Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program, Texas
A&M Forest Service
Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program provides financial assistance funds
for the first thinning of high hazard stands of pine pulpwood within 30
counties of East Texas. For questions of eligibility, contact your local TFS
Suppression Project, Texas A&M Forest Service
Suppression Project provides financial assistance to Central
Texas landowners affected by oak wilt, a devastating disease of red oaks and
live oaks caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagaceurum
not to exceed 40 percent of the actual cost, is available to install a trench
to halt the spread of expanding oak wilt centers and/or to remove oak
wilt-infected red oaks. To apply or request assistance, contact your local TFS
Joint Chief's Landscape Restoration Partnership, Texas A&M Forest Service
The Joint Chief's Landscape Restoration Partnership leverages resources from USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Wild Turkey Federation and Texas A&M Forest Service to reduce the wildfire threat and improve forest health and water quality on the Sam Houston National Forest and surrounding non-industrial private forests. For more information or to apply for assistance click here.
Neches River and Cypress Basin Watershed Restoration Program, Texas A&M Forest Service
The Neches River and Cypress Basin Watershed Restoration Program leverages resources from US Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas A&M Forest Service. The program provides financial assistance to landowners utilizing prescribed fire for ecological improvement to the Neches River and Cypress Basin watersheds. This program benefits the public and natural resources through improving water quality and quantity, controlling invasive species, and enhancing wildlife habitat. Eligible projects include private property in the Neches River and Cypress Basin Watersheds. Priority will be given to prescribed burn treatments that promote native ecosystem restoration, are in priority watershed protection zones and near public land. Grant recipients will be reimbursed actual per acre costs associated with conducting the prescribed burn, not to exceed the maximum reimbursement rate of $22.50 per acre with a total limit of 800 acres per recipient.