Environmental Quality Incentives Program Offers Fire-Recovery Assistance
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is offering assistance to growers, farmers and ranchers affected by the recent California wildfires. NRCS is making $4 million available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which covers erosion control and water quality practices on eligible cropland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forestland.
The purpose of the NRCS Catastrophic Fire Recovery Fund Pool is to provide immediate resource protection in areas affected by wildfires in the last 18 months. The priority resource concerns for this fund include:
- Preventing soil erosion
- Minimizing noxious and invasive plant proliferation
- Protecting water quality
- Restoring livestock infrastructure
NRCS will accept applications for typical practices such as mulching, seeding, grade stabilization, tree planting and other measures used to protect burned areas from eroding and minimizing the transport of sediment and pollutants into waterways. The cutoff date for this specific fund pool is December 11, 2018.
Applicants may request early-start waivers in order to get started on their recovery efforts as soon as possible. Applicants will still need to meet NRCS’ standards and specifications and will need to secure the proper permits before beginning the recovery work.
In addition, NRCS is offering technical and educational assistance to those faced with erosion and flooding in a damaged watershed area to help them mitigate damage.
For more information, download the Catastrophic Fire Recovery EQIP Fund Pool Description information sheet. To apply, complete the Catastrophic Fire Recovery EQIP Fund Pool Screening Worksheet. More complete information about the application process can be found on the NRCS website.