L.D.W.F. Partnership with N.R.C.S. Provides Assistance

Release Date: 01/21/2011

For Landowners in Southeast Louisiana’s Florida Parishes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’(LDWF), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced renewed funding for the Longleaf Pine Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) for the Florida Parishes for 2011. Initial applications are due by March 11, 2011 to be considered for first-round funding consideration.

LDWF and NRCS have entered into an agreement, under special provision of the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), through which USDA will pay up to 90 percent of the cost of establishing longleaf pine seedlings and the native vegetation associated with this forest-type. Applications will be ranked and those ranked highest will be selected for funding. Selected applicants will enter into a contract with NRCS to maintain the longleaf planting for at least 15 years. The Longleaf Pine CCPI program is being offered to landowners in Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany Parishes.

Longleaf pine forests once covered vast areas of the southeastern U.S., from the Atlantic coastal plains of Virginia to the Gulf coastal plains of Texas, encompassing more than 90 million acres in North America. Longleaf pine forests produced a diversity of cultural, ecological, and social-economic values, making them one of the great coniferous forests of the world. Today, longleaf pine forest fragments scattered across the southeast represent only a small remnant of this great ecosystem. Less than three percent of the original acreage remains. Outside of the tropics, longleaf pine forests are some of the world’s most biologically diverse habitats. They continue to support many unique animals and plants.

Interested landowners in Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany Parishes can contact the LDWF Private Lands Biologist in the Hammond Field Office, 985-543-4777 or their local NRCS District office to apply: Tangipahoa Parish, ph. 985-748-8751, ext. 3; Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, ph. 985-839-5688, ext. 3.

For more information contact John Robinette at jrobinette@wlf.la.gov or ph. 337-491-2576.