Friday, November 6, 2015
Help for wildfire victims
By Dave Summers, Idaho Department of Lands
If you were impacted by the Kamiah wildfires this summer, be aware that the Natural Resource Conservation Service, NRCS, has cost-share money to help with wildfire rehabilitation, grass seeding, reforestation, slash abatement, erosion mitigation, and a host of other post fire issues.
This program offers landowners an excellent opportunity to begin the rehabilitation process on properties damaged by the devastating wildfires this summer, but in order to participate, you need to sign up with your appropriate county district conservationist.
In Idaho County, Richard Spencer is the contact and can be reached at 208-983-1046, extension 3.
In Clearwater County, Amber Reeves is the contact and can be reached at 208-476-5313, extension 3.
The deadline for signing up for this program is Friday, Nov. 20.
If you choose to participate in this program, a Natural Resource Conservation Service employee will visit your property and determine what the needs are, and how the program can best meet those needs.
Landowners will have a management plan developed for their property, with a three to five year time frame for completing the identified work.
This is a reimbursable program which means the landowner must spend the money up front, and then the NRCS will reimburse the landowner at the appropriate cost-share rate, once the project has been completed and inspected.
The following example may help explain the process. Currently the cost to plant a tree seedling with a contract crew is approximately $2 per tree. The cost includes purchasing the tree, having it planted, and installing a vexar tube to protect the tree from browsing damage. The NRCS cost-share rate for tree planting is currently set at $1.45 per tree.