Deadline Nears for Cost-Share Funding for Southeastern Oklahoma Landowners

Oklahoma City—Southeastern Oklahoma landowners interested in receiving federal cost-share
assistance for forestry practices such as tree planting and forest improvement have until December 31 to apply for 2010 funds.

The funding is provided through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s Forestry Services Division and NRCS offices have been promoting the program.

Besides increasing opportunities for timber production, improving forestlands benefits the state
by helping protect the environment and providing wildlife habitat, said State Forester, John Burwell.

Landowners can contact Forestry Services or their local NRCS office for more details.

Forestry office contact numbers are: Broken Bow Office (580) 584-3351 and Wilburton Office
(918) 465-2082. The ODAFF forestry website is www.forestry.ok.gov.