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May 5, 2010
 
Family forest owners get help to reduce forest threats
Federal funding aids in healthier forests

OLYMPIA – Federal funds are available in several eastern Washington counties to help family forest owners improve forest health and reduce threats from wildfire and bark beetles, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which administers the program in Washington State.

“The U.S. Forest Service has grant funds to help pay 50 percent of the cost of forest health practices such as thinning, pruning, brush removal, and forest debris disposal,” said Bart Ausland, Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator for DNR’s Southeast Region.

Funding is also available to help landowners develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for their property using the services of a private consulting forester. A Forest Stewardship Plan is required for properties over 20 acres when the landowner applies for $5,000 or more in funding, and a plan is always required for properties over 100 acres. Landowners must apply and be approved before any work begins.

The application process is brief and easy. Landowners can download information and an application packet by going to DNR’s website www.dnr.wa.gov  and entering ‘Eastern Washington Forestry Cost-Share Program’ into the search box. Applications may also be requested by calling 1-888-783-9548 or e-mailing to foreststewardship@dnr.wa.gov .

Funds are currently available to forestland owners in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Skamania, Klickitat, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin, and Whitman counties. Due to the limited funds available, landowners are encouraged to apply soon.

For more information, landowners in Skamania and Klickitat counties may contact Jesse Calkins at 541-980-1104. Landowners in all other counties may contact Bart Ausland at 509-925-0974.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Outreach and Education, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov  

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