Conservation district offers grants to landowners


By Cynthia Purcell

Special to The SUN

The San Juan Conservation District is proud to bring back a program started six years ago — “Conservation Helping Hand.”

Are you interested in implementing a conservation practice on your property, but need help with the cost?  The district will be awarding grants to pay for 50 percent of your project, up to $3,500.

Conservation practices to promote the use of planned grazing systems, irrigation water management, and healthy forest restoration will be considered.

Stop by the district office for an application; the district will accept applications until March 29.

Applications will be reviewed by the elected board members and prioritized based on the targeted resource concern, environmental benefits and cost of implementation. Funded project applicants will be notified by April 19. All projects must commence by July 1 and be complete by Sept. 27, 2013.

Technical assistance will be provided by the NRCS and all approved projects must meet NRCS Standards and Specifications

Stop by the office at 505A CR 600 (Piedra Road) to pick up an application or call 731-3615 for more information.