USDA agencies improve water

by Tony on February 26, 2014

Two sub agencies of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will use nearly a million dollars to improve the health of forests on public and private lands in the valley area.

It’s officially called “The Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.”

The White Mountain National Forest will use $250,000 to make improvements on public lands and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will us $710,000 to provide landowners access to conservation efforts.

Roger Simmons – a Natural Resources Staff Officer with the White Mountain National Forest – says controlling erosion and reducing sediment helps improve water quality – and the project will have a direct impact on drinking water quality for  communities in the valley area.

He says there are a lot of “lessons learned” from the devastating effects on the Forest from the remnants of Tropical Storm Irene – with some areas still under repair.

Volunteers are welcome to join in the various projects. Simmons recommends you stop at the Saco Dist. Ranger Station on the Kancamagus Hwy. if you’re interested.

Farmers and forest landowners in Conway, Bartlett and Jackson can get help from the NRCS to make environmental changes that will improve water quality. To learn more about the Environmental Quality Incentive Program call Nels Liljedahl at the Conway Service Center at (603) 447-2771, ext. 102.