2018 Disaster Relief Funding

Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Disaster Relief Funding for Wildfires

Casper, WY: October 4, 2018.

State Conservationist Astrid Martinez announced the availability of funding for fire recovery on cropland, forestland, and rangelands directly affected by the Wildfires in Sublette (Roosevelt Fire), Platte and Albany Counties (Britania Mountain Fire), Wyoming. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making these funds available to agricultural producers with lands impacted by this year’s fires, which have currently burned over 93,000 acres in Albany, Platte, and Sublette Counties, including over 35,000 acres of private lands.

Applications must be submitted to your local Laramie, Wheatland and Pinedale NRCS field office by November 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Conservation Practices

Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and technical assistance to producers to address resource concerns of livestock production limitation, degraded plant condition, soil erosion. Some of the conservation practices used to address these resource concerns include:

  • Critical Area Planting
  • Diversion
  • Fencing
  • Grass Seedings
  • Livestock Pipelines
  • Livestock Water
  • Mulching
  • Precision Land Forming
  • Prescribed Grazing management (deferment)
  • Stormwater Runoff Control

"Loss of vegetation affects not only livestock forage and wildlife habitat, but also soil and water health. Bare soil is highly susceptible to wind and water erosion, which can lead to increased soil loss, as well as increased sediment loading in streams and reservoirs," states Martinez. "Practices such as grazing deferment, cross fencing, reseeding and water development are effective post-fire strategies."

She suggests landowners consult with their local NRCS planner to develop a conservation plan, which can be an effective strategy for pasture and rangeland recovery as well as mitigate the effects from fire and drought that Wyoming is experiencing. The NRCS provides technical, and in some cases, financial assistance, to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

For More Information

NRCS’s nationwide conservation delivery system has worked with private landowners since 1935 to put conservation on the ground based on specific, local conservation needs, while treating state and national resource concerns. For more information about NRCS’s programs, initiatives and services in Wyoming, visit the WY NRCS website.

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