Looking for help conserving energy and controlling snow deposition? A windbreak could be the answer. The Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) offers cost share assistance through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. Individuals can receive 75% cost share up to $22.50 per tree and $3.75 per shrub with a total dollar limit of $1500 per year. Income is not a factor in eligibility and at this time there are still funds available.
The first step is completing a simple application and then a technician will do a site visit to develop a windbreak plan. If the applicant is agreeable with the plan, the application is presented at a Commissioner's Meeting for approval. The SWCD is again taking orders for trees and shrubs for spring delivery to assist in your windbreak planning. Profits from the District's tree sales program are used to fund scholarships for high school graduates, finance the fourth grade poster contest, and support the annual conservation tour.
Interested parties should contact the Cherokee SWCD at 225-4151 or stop in the office at 314 Lake Street in Cherokee.