FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2014
Funding available for forest landowners in Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties
Cost-share effort aims to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risks
OLYMPIA – Owners of forestland in four eastern Washington counties may be eligible to receive federal help for some of their costs to reduce wildfire risks on their properties. The cost-share program, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), pays for up to half of a landowner’s cost to thin and prune trees and remove forest slash.
The federally funded program is available to forestland owners in portions of Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties where a Forest Health Hazard Warning has been declared by state and federal officials.
Many forest stands in the four-county area have grown too dense, producing weaker trees that are more susceptible to damage from pine bark beetles, western spruce budworm, and other damaging insects and diseases. Dense, overcrowded forest stands also pose wildfire risks.
Funding to assist landowners in the Forest Health Hazard Areas in Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties is provided through the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DNR.
DNR foresters available for consultation
DNR foresters are available to meet with interested landowners, assess the health of their forests, and recommend forest management options. Landowners interested in discussing the cost-share program with a forester should contact:
Southeast Region Landowner Assistance District Manager
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Forest landowners may apply for cost-share funding online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dnrcostshare .
To learn more about the Forest Health Hazard Warning issued for Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties, visit http://www.dnr.wa.gov/foresthealth .
Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
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