Drought Disaster Relief

Drought Disaster Relief

USDA Natural Resources Conservative Service State announced Wednesday disaster assistance is now available.

The goal of the $1.6 million disaster assistance is to help with recovery efforts after droughts and wildfires that have happened in recent years.

Wichita County is one of 35 counties in Texas that are eligible for the assistance.

"Many parts of Wichita County were affected by drought and wildfires over the last two years." Wichita Falls County NRCS District Conversationalist Eileen M. Vale said.  "Loss of vegetation not only affects production, livestock, and wildlife; it also makes the land vulnerable to erosion by wind and water."

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be fronting the funds.  They provide both financial and technical help to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid the rehabilitation process.

Although the sign-up on continuous, applications for the first funding period will be accepted in the Wichita County NRCS office through April 299th.  Landowners must apply by going to the NRCS office.  The applications will be ranked and the ones that are approved for funding will be offered an EQIP contract.

Land affected by wildfires with an emphasis on conservation practices that will help restore plant health and condition, prevent soil erosion, and address soil and water quality will be a priority,

Vale suggests that landowners consult with their local NRCS staff to develop a conservative plan.

NRCS services and programs are voluntary and offered without fee to all agriculture producers.  They help land owners and land managers protect and improve the natural resources on their property.

For further assistance in evaluating your land and planning practices to address concerns following wildfire, contact your Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil and Water Conservation District in Iowa Park at 940-592-4147 ext. 3.

USDA Service center locations and program information can be found on the Texas NRCS website.