We are wrapping up a rather busy season of Invasive control in Northern Indiana; the leaves are dropping so it's time to park the sprayer until spring. We appreciate everyone who worked with us this year to rid their forests of the exotic shrubs, thornbushes and vines that are negatively impacting our ecosystems. We will be taking up the good fight again in May 2019. To that end, please keep in mind:
EQIP is a 3 year program, if you treated this year or hired someone to do so, you likely need to evaluate the forest again in the spring and apply another treatment. We will contact all of our EQIP landowners in early spring to schedule re-evaluations and provide cost proposals for 2019 work.
If you are not familiar with EQIP: Your local Natural Resource Conservation Service offices are accepting applications for Conservation Activity Plans, and the cutoff date is coming up on November 13th, 2018. This is the first step, to identify an issue that needs to be addressed in your woodland and apply for cost-share assistance, such as invasive brush control or timber stand improvement. Alternatively, you can apply for a Conservation Stewardship Plan, which pays you for high quality forest management in the past and allows you to continue improving your woodland with more treatments.
We will be in your area marking timber sales and doing timber stand improvement work until spring, give us a call!