Texas Program Offering Conservation Financial Assistance to African American Forest Landowners
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas is offering financial assistance to African American forest landowners in numerous east Texas counties to implement conservation practices that can help increase the land’s value and improve its forest and wildlife habitats. The goal of the program, offered through a partnership with Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), is to restore and conserve threatened, African American-owned forestland in the southern United States and enhance family wealth by increasing forest-owner income and land asset value through forest management. The SFLR Program is a collaboration of federal, state, local, and community-based organizations to help stem the loss of land and eliminate barriers to African American forest landowners to help keep private forest land in the family. Through the SFLR-(EQIP) Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS provides technical expertise as well as financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to implement conservation practices.