Financial Assistance for Woodlot Owners

White pine regenerationThe 2014 Farm Bill offers a mix of financial and technical assistance and education to help landowners care for their land. The N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, UNH Cooperative Extension, N.H .Fish and Game Dept., and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work together to bring these programs to you. Contact your UNH Cooperative Extension county forester or local NRCS conservationist. A brief description follows:

Natural Resources Conservation Service- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) website or brochure

EQIP provides technical and financial assistance to improve and conserve water quality, soil erosion, riparian and aquatic areas, air quality and wildlife habitat. These programs apply to private lands, including cropland, rangeland, pasture land, private nonindustrial forestland, and other farm lands. In order to qualify for EQIP, a landowner must have a Conservation Activity Plan and these plans are also available through EQIP. Contracts generally range from 1-10 years. For more information contact your local NRCS conservationist or UNH Cooperative Extension county forester.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department- Small Grants Program
This state program restores, maintains, and enhances wildlife habitat. It applies to properties larger than 25 acres, owned by an individual, organization or local government. Funding is limited to $2,000 per property per year and no more than $6,000 will be granted to a single landowner over a 10-year period. Because it is funded by a fee required of all who purchase a New Hampshire hunting license, the land needs to remain open for non-motorized public use, including hunting. For more information, contact your regional N.H. Fish and Game Depart. office.

Disaster Assistance Available From the Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency reminds crop and livestock producers and owners of nonindustrial private forest land that programs are available to assist with disaster-related recovery from a storm, flooding, wind, or other natural disaster. Find out more.

 

County
UNH Cooperative Extension
NRCS NH Fish and Game Department
Belknap
527-5475
447-2771
Region 1, Lancaster: 788-3164
Carroll
447-3834
447-2771
Region 2, New Hampton: 744-5470
Cheshire
352-4550
756-2988
Region 3, Durham: 868-1095
Coos
788-4961
788-4651
Region 4, Keene: 352-9669
Grafton
787-6944
353-4650
Headquarters, Concord: 271-2461
Hillsborough
641-6060
673-2409
 
Merrimack
796-2151
223-6023
 
Rockingham
679-5616
679-1587
 
Strafford
749-4445
679-1587
 
Sullivan
863-9200
756-2988
 

A Guide to 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Programs in New Hampshire

Assistance to Forest and Woodland Owners

Forest Stewardship Plans and Federal Financial Assistance

A first step in developing a plan is to state your goals and objectives, at least what they are today. To help you, we have forms that ask you questions about your land. You may prefer the long version, or the shorter version.

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