The Cherokee Co. Pheasants Forever chapter recognizes the importance of establishing new filter strips, or the re-enrolling of expiring filter strip contracts under USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
These acres have and will continue to be an important component in providing the habitat necessary for an abundant pheasant population. Other important benefits of filter strip practices include improved water quality, flood and erosion control, as well as habitat for many other wildlife species.
The Cherokee PF Chapter plans to offer a one time Incentive "Bonus" Payment to CRP program applicants, to help encourage the establishment of new filter strips or the re-enrolling of expiring CRP filter strip acres.
The Chapter would budget a set amount of funds raised from their annual banquet to fund this program.
The Incentive "Bonus" Payment would be: a $200 per acre one time "bonus" payment for approved CRP applicants that either establish new or re-enroll expiring CRP filter strip acres into an approved Native Grass cover (examples of native grasses include Switchgrass, Big and Little Bluestem, Indian grass, and Canadian Wildrye).
A maximum of up to **3 acres of filter strip(s) will be eligible for this Incentive "Bonus" Payment. ($200/acre @ 3 acres = $600 maximum applicant payment) - a $100 per acre - one time "bonus" payment for approved CRP applicants that either establish new or re-enroll expiring CRP filter strip acres into an approved Introduced Grass cover(examples of introduced grasses include Smooth Brome grass, Orchard grass, Timothy, and Tall Fescue).
A maximum of up to **3 acres of filter strip(s) will be eligible for this Incentive "Bonus" Payment.($100/acre @ 3 acres =$300 maximum applicant payment).
This ** 3 acre limit may be increased for filter strip projects that demonstrate significant habitat improvement in areas where a definite habitat shortage exists. These projects must be presented to the entire Cherokee PF Board for approval/consideration prior to the starting of the project.
Applicant will provide the Cherokee PF Chapter with a copy of the approved CRP contract document which shows the filter strip acres being established or re-enrolled.
Applicant will provide the Cherokee PF chapter with proof of cover type- Native or Introduced grasses.
The applicant is encouraged to work with their local conservation organizations on the successful establishment and maintainence of these acres.
For more information, please contact a member of the Cherokee County Pheasants Forever Habitat Committee: Scott Osborne: 757-3835-, John Hill: 225-3909, Doug Smith: 225-5670, Roger Braun: -225-5154, or CCPF Board President Tim Haupert: 225-4139.