Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We recently attended a Buckeye Conservancy workshop and met a lot of people who gave us ideas of ways we can be better stewards of our land while still being profitable.
Matt from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service was one of these helpful people. The NRCS has many cost sharing programs available that we might qualify for and Matt came out to get a tour of the land and come up with a list of possible programs we might be interested in.
This small fir was in an oak woodland area and wasn't doing so well. He took a sample of it's core to see how old it was.
Then it grows and looks like it has frosting on it. I would never eat this one as he said that if you get it wrong, you could die, as there is a poisonous one that looks very similar.
We've been talking to a private forester to get an overall ranch managment plan with areas prioritized for work needed and we found out that their is a cost share program for this too. Mark has been thinning some of our tan oak thickets and guess what? Yep, there might be funds to help with this too. There is also a range-land management adviser that will help us with our prairies and possible grants to help pay for fencing.
And all of this came about because Mark and I got off of our hide away and spent a couple days mingling at a workshop. Who knew.
Matt is coming out soon to pick specific sites and help us apply. Hopefully, it works out. You never know for sure when you partner with our government. That's the scary part.