Earth Calendar for April 16th and April 17th
Ohio’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new program to help people in Clermont County with forest land impacted by the Asian longhorn beetle.
NRCS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for providing voluntary technical and financial assistance to landowners and managers.
The new program, called the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Initiative, is designed for rural landowners with woodlots. The program offers several conservation practices aimed at improving forest health in priority locations, including tree and shrub site preparation and planting, invasive plant control, forest stand improvement, mulching, critical area planting, and forest management plans.Due to limited funding, NRCS uses a ranking system to establish the extent of the environmental benefit provided from implementing the selected conservation practices. Applications that rank highest receive priority for funding. Clermont County District Conservationists will help applicants with conservation planning and the application process. People interested in learning more about the ALB Initiative are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane Street, Bethel, Ohio, 45106. The application deadline for the ALB EQIP Initiative is Friday, May 16th. People who have never worked with NRCS are encouraged to apply early to allow enough time to complete the application and establish eligibility for assistance. More information can be obtained by calling 513-732-2181 ext. 102, or 937-378-4920. The NRCS office serving Clermont County is in the Owensville USDA Service Center, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio, 45160. Find more information about NRCS conservation programs and services on the Ohio NRCS website.
On Our Calendar: On your mark, Get set, Go! Whether you are a first time 5K participant or a seasoned veteran, you are invited to the Boone County Arboretum this spring to take part in the annual Dogwood Dash 5K Run and Walk. This fun event is held each April as the dogwood blooms are coming out of their long winter nap. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Boone County Arboretum to continually improve the arboretum grounds and educational opportunities. Dust off your running shoes and get ready for this scenic spring–time race! Saturday, April 26, 2014. Information and registration at the website.