The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to landowners impacted by drought and wildfires. NRCS has set aside funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to assist with livestock grazing deferment, erosion control, and cross-fencing.

“NRCS in Texas is prepared to assist landowners with their efforts to address wind erosion that is continuing to occur due to drought and the effects from wildfires,” said Don Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas. “We want to work with landowners to help them reclaim their grazing operations.”

High winds, low humidity and prolonged drought conditions led to the recent wildfires in several Texas counties and many landowners are faced with making plans for rangeland recovery.

Landowners impacted by recent wildfires are encouraged to contact their local NRCS district conservationist to seek assistance. NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

“We want to provide assistance that will enable landowners and livestock producers to accelerate the recovery of the health and vigor of affected grazing land,” Gohmert said.

He suggests landowners consult with their local NRCS district conservationist to develop a conservation plan, which can be an effective strategy for pasture and rangeland recovery and mitigating the effects of the prolonged drought Texas is experiencing.

Wildlife habitat can also be impacted by the wildfire and NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance in reestablishing habitats for desired species.

Landowners must visit their local NRCS office in to apply for EQIP. Applications will be ranked and those approved for funding will be offered a contract. Current eligible counties include: Archer, Clay, Comanche, Eastland, Hamilton, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wichita, and Young.

For more information and listings for additional USDA Service Centers, look in the Yellow Pages listed under USDA, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website.