Goehring announces new round of land enhancement grants

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced a third round of grants to help landowners enhance their property and restore habitat damaged by overland flooding, erosion, and infestation by noxious and invasive species.

“The Land Enhancement and Habitat Renewal Program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement of most costs associated with reclamation, landscaping, soil conditioning, re-vegetation and weed control,” Goehring said. “It is designed to help private land owners restore their land or to make it more productive.”

Proposals must involve land with at least 10 percent woody vegetation or is adjacent to wooded vegetation. Control of noxious weeds and invasive species is the focus of all proposed projects.

Goehring said about $30,000 is available for the program. Since last year, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) awarded 14 grants totaling $55,000.

Application forms and a complete description of requirements are available on the NDDA website at www.nd.gov/ndda or by calling Chelsey Penuel at (701) 328-2983.

“Sign-up begins Aug. 1, and the deadline for the first round of applications is Aug. 29,” Goehring said. “Applications will be judged on their merits and on a case-by-case basis.”

Goehring said priority will be 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