October 23, 2013 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In an effort to reduce wildfire hazards on private lands, Texas A&M Forest Service is administering grant funding for prescribed burning on private property within 10 miles of a National Forest boundary through the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Protection Program.
Strategically-planned prescribed fires can enhance ecosystems and protect homes and communities from wildfire.
“Prescribed burning is a great tool to help natural resource managers maintain healthy ecosystems, improve wildlife habitat and remove hazardous vegetation,” said Andy McCrady, wildland urban interface specialist with Texas A&M Forest Service.
“Private property owners have the opportunity for trained specialists to conduct an effective and cost-efficient mechanism for removing dangerous fuel loads and returning the ecosystem to its natural state, benefiting both people and wildlife,” McCrady said.
The Texas A&M Forest Service has administered this grant since 2006, having awarded last year, $74,455 to 14 landowners for 2,348.5 acres of prescribed burns.
Landowners who wish to apply for grant funds may submit a prescribed burn plan, property address and location map, map of burn unit with coordinates, and contact information of landowner and burn contactor.
Texas A&M Forest Service will review applications and notify selected landowners prior to burning activities. Texas A&M Forest Service does not assist with the burn. Upon approval of funding, the work will be completed by contractor chosen by the landowner. Selected landowners can be reimbursed up to $30 per acre, pending inspection by TFS personnel of the completed prescribed burn.
The deadline for submission is November 30, 2013.
William “Andy” McCrady, Texas A&M Forest Service
Wildland Urban Interface Specialist
(936) 689-9393, email@example.com
*This information was obtained from the Texas A&M Forest Service website.