Goehring awards land enhancement grants
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded 11 grants totaling more than $39,000 to help landowners and land managers enhance property and restore habitat damaged by overland flooding, erosion, and infestation by noxious and invasive species.
“These Land Enhancement and Habitat Renewal grants help private land owners restore their land or to make it more productive,” Goehring said. “The grants provide up to 50 percent reimbursement of most costs associated with reclamation, landscaping, soil conditioning, re-vegetation and weed control.”
Goehring said the grants include:
- Four grants, totaling $6,580, for restoring forage in impacted areas.
- Three grants, totaling $13,575, for land reclamation, restoring grasses and legumes, and planting trees and shrubs for erosion control and protection.
- Two grants, totaling $16,392, for debris removal and restoring vegetation.
- Two grants, totaling $3,000, for treatment of noxious and invasive species.
Goehring said priority was given to projects that:
- Work cooperatively with state and private landowners
- Employ best management practices
- Restore habitat
- Prevent and reduce the establishment of noxious and invasive weeds
- Utilize integrated pest management
- Enhance future land use and access
Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.
Proposed projects must involve land that has at least 10 percent woody vegetation or be adjacent to wooded vegetation. Control of noxious weeds and invasive species is the focus of all proposed projects.